Northeast Missouri Flood Safety Reminders For Motorists

Hwy 15 and Hwy 6 Junction south of Edina @ 8:00am Thursday, April 18, 2013.

HANNIBAL – With heavy rains predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 and 18, many northeast Missouri ditches, streams and smaller rivers could flood causing roads to be impassable.

Since the rapidly moving water rises and falls quickly during flash flooding, MoDOT reminds motorists it is dangerous to drive into water-covered roads. If you’re driving or walking and encounter flood water, turn around. Don’t drown. It only takes six inches of water to knock over an adult and cause loss of control of a vehicle. A foot of water will float many vehicles and only two feet of rushing water will carry them away, including pickups and SUVs. The depth of flood water is not always obvious. It can be especially hard to judge at night. The best option is to play it safe and turn around.

MoDOT recommends motorists check the website or call 1-888-275-6636 for the latest information. All closures can be found online at http://www.modot.org/ on the Traveler Information Map.

 

About Echo Menges

Reporter for The Edina Sentinel Covering Knox County, Missouri Since 2010