Recent rainfall sparks flooding safety conversations

(Jefferson County) With the recent heavy rainfall over the late weekend and isolated flooding issues that came with it, now is the time to remind motorists about the dangers of flooding.

Corporal Logan Bolton with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says it’s better to “turn around, don’t drown” when coming across water covering the road.

Bolton adds if law enforcement witness a motorists crossing water over the road and the road happens to be closed due to flooding, the driver can be cited.

This week is recognized as Missouri’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week, as such each day of the week is dedicated to a different weather hazard.

This Friday is dedicated to flooding safety. Typically, flooding results in more weather related fatalities than any other thunderstorm related hazard.

Why? Because many of the deaths occur in automobiles when driven through flooded roads as they are swept downstream.