As a series of storms bring more rain to the valley and snow to the mountains, drivers are urged to be cautious, especially through flooded areas. “Turn Around Don’t Drown” is the phrase used by weather and law enforcement agencies to help people remember to not drive into a flooded street, as you could be putting your life in danger.
Fresno City spokesman Mark Standriff said, “We have maintenance crews that are out all the time. And all the prep work was really done last Fall, so we make sure the storm drains are all cleared out, we’ve tested all the pumps.”
Standriff said though there hasn’t been any major flooding around the city, there may be large pondings of water on the roads.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report more than half of all flood-related drownings in the U.S. happen when a car is driven into hazardous flood water. The National Weather Service said too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.
“The issues are more wind, slash tree related. So we’ve had about five or six trees that have been reported down, and a little bit of ponding out there in some of the usual areas. But other than that, it’s been pretty smooth sailing for us,” stated Standriff.
Standriff said the city’s drains are prepared if we get more rain in our forecast.
He ended, “They can only handle up to a half an inch of rain over one hour period, so fortunately we haven’t had anything more intense than that.”
The NWS said it takes just a foot of rushing water to carry away a small car.