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Rain and Flood Driving Tips

Scott Jefferson | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Flooding can occur within minutes of heavy rainfall or tidal changes. Be prepared and be safe on the roads. Here are some smart driving tips if you have to drive during times of heavy rain or flooding:

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.

  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.

  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups.
  • Avoid low-lying areas. Common areas where flooding occurs include the Alexandria waterfront, Belle View, areas along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Huntington, and Gunston.

  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection.

  • Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.

  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it’s more difficult to recognize flood dangers.

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