Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's Raining and Pouring

Look out for the rain!

Some areas are getting pounded by rain through the Midwest which is certain to cause some flash flooding with rivers and streams swelling over frozen ground, the runoff won't drain away so quickly.

The increased run off from meltwaters added to the run off from rain could cause serious flooding in low lying areas with water rising faster and deeper than expected.

There are many dangers in these conditions for children and pets but also for motorists on and off the highways.

The first obvious danger for motorists will be pooling on the roads which can cause a car to "hydroplane" out of control.

Another not so obvious danger is the possibility of being swept away in the floodwater.

Every year some drivers do venture through flowing water over the road and all to often the water simply carries the car off into deeper water.

This danger is more prevalent than many think, it only takes about a foot of flowing water to sweep a car off the road.

Be ready for the conditions you encounter and be prepared to take the long way home or just stay where you are til the waters recede, you don't want to be another auto insurance claim or need car accident lawyers and auto insurance agents.

Stay Safe.

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Shinade said...

Hi Don,
Once again some great advice. We had awful storms down this way last night also.

One community just a few miles from us was nearly destroyed.

It is very sad. My friend has still not been able to locate some of her family that lived in the area.

Take care and thanks for dropping by!:-)

Lakelandmom said...

Thanks for dropping by my site. I haven't been as active as I used to be in the past, but I'm trying to get back into the scene.

Love the pics, thanks.

I found a relatively new blog being done by a traffic school course provider. It covers new laws, safety, lots of 'driver improvement' subjects. Check it out at

I'll be back to visit soon.

Donna said...

You're right about flood waters, they don't look so ominous but if you get into them (either walking or driving) you can feel the immense power of the current. It's very easy to get swept under when wading through flood water or pushed off the road in a vehicle - if one has to do it at all, go VERY slowly. But it's always better left alone if at all possible for safety's sake. :)