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.

For additional information, visit:

http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/tadd-resources.shtml

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/tadd/

http://www.flash.org

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/floodSafetyAwareness.htm