Remember: Never drive through flooded roadways

Posted at 8:11 PM, Nov 24, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-19 20:11:52-05

Residents are being warned to take extra precaution when dealing with potential flooding.

State Police say if you have to travel, leave early to avoid roadways that my become flood. Make sure you have enough fuel in your car and followed recommended routes.

Before you leave, check local travel information for closures and stay vigilant while driving to spy washed out roads, downed wires or fall objects.

Never drive over a flooded roadway. Two feet of water will float your car. Water moving at two miles an hour can pull a car off a road or bridge.

If water rapidly rises, abandon your vehicle immediately.

For homeowners, if your home or business suffers flooding or flooding is about to occur, contact your utility providers to have the electricity and gas turned off. Do not enter a flooded basement as the water may become electrified.

If your power goes out and you have a generator, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area. Never run it inside, even in a garage. The fumes can be deadly.