CAUTION: Area can flood in heavy rain; staying safe on flooded roads

Posted at 5:45 AM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 05:45:15-04

A photo posted by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office on Facebook shows a car trapped during flash flooding in Highlands County.

The post explained that the driver got stuck in the water on Wednesday behind the Winn-Dixie in Avon Park. 

"Welp... The sign ain't lying, that's for sure," the Sheriff's Office said as the referenced a sign next to the trapped vehicle that reads "CAUTION. AREA CAN FLOOD IN HEAVY RAIN."

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The photo is a cautionary tale to all Florida drivers in the summer, as flooding is incredibly common. Flooding is a frequent problem in Florida because a majority of the state is at or near sea level. Florida summers regularly bring strong thunderstorms which can produce large amounts of rain very quickly. 

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According to FEMA:

"Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away."

Driving Flood Facts:

  • Almost half of all flash flood fatalities occur in vehicles.
  • 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 and pick-up trucks.
  • If you come upon a barricaded or flooded road, 'Turn Around and Don’t Drown'

To stay safe on the roads and view all reports of flooding, visit Tampa Bay Traffic.

To be aware of severe weather in the Bay Area visit Tampa Bay Weather.

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