AUSTIN, Texas – This week is Flood Safety Awareness Week.
The National Weather Service and the Texas Division of Emergency Management want Texans to know that nearly eight of 10 vehicle-related flood fatalities in Texas occur in the dark – between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Texas weather is extremely unpredictable.
More than two-thirds of flood-related drownings in Texas happen due to flash floods.
Flash floods involve rising waters that can become much deeper very rapidly as a car attempts to cross a flooded area of a street or roadway.
Night driving makes the situation even worse because it is especially difficult to judge how deep water may be.
Day or night, the best advice is this: When there’s water on the road: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
More than 50 percent of flood-related drownings are vehicle-related. Saving your life – and your car – is as simple as choosing a different route when you see water across a road.
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