Louisiana Highway Safety Commission: Do not drive on flooded roadways

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - With all of south Louisiana under a flood watch or warning because of Tropical Storm Harvey, the state's top highway safety official is warning that driving on flooded roadways poses a serious safety hazard.

A small car can be swept away in as little as 12 inches of moving water. Just two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, said Dr. Katara Williams, Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

"It simply isn't worth the risk of damaging your vehicle and endangering the safety of yourself and others,"  Williams said. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven through flood waters. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to people who walk into or near flood waters. It only takes six inches of fast-moving water to knock over an adult.

Dr. Williams is reminding drivers that it is illegal to drive around or past a barricade that has been placed on a flooded roadway.

"Our law enforcement and DOTD partners are working in adverse conditions to keep us safe," she said. "Do not make a bad situation worse by trying to drive on flooded roadways."


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