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Cook County Offers Tips for Flood Safety

News Date: 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 09:15

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Cook and surrounding counties. The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) offers the following tips to keep your family and property safe:

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will cause many vehicles to float.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road as 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. They are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Do not take shortcuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If flood waters rise around your vehicle, abandon it and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.