Hamilton County is currently experiencing numerous roads and streets covered by high water. As a reminder, motorists should never attempt to drive through flooded streets.
Some things to consider:
- 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-ups.
- Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed 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. Turn around and go the other way.
- Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
- Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- If your car becomes trapped in water, climb to the roof and ride on it like a boat. Doors may not open until pressure is equalized by flooding waters so a window may be the best escape route. Waiting too long may cause power windows to become inoperable. Tools to break windows are available at most hardware stores.
Due to the heavy rains already falling and the forecast of more to come, Hamilton County Emergency Management also is making sandbags available to county residents.
Filled sandbags will be available during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling 770-3381. A message can be left for Deputy Director Carl Erickson if no one is available to answer the phone.
Sandbags are most useful ahead of flooding so residents should take steps ahead of time to prevent any possible flood waters.