Rain Monday Oct 29

SHA Tip: During Heavy Rain Storms, Turn Around-Don’t Drown

There is a Flash Flood Watch for Montgomery County from now through 8 p.m. on Saturday evening, and officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (SHA) ask drivers to “Turn Around-Don’t Drown” during heavy rain storms.

rainyroadsSHA crews are preparing for heavy rainfall by stocking high water and road closure signs, cones, generators and tree/debris clearing equipment to respond to any damage due to rain from the forecasted nor’easter and effects from Hurricane Joaquin.

“Much of Maryland, particularly the Eastern Shore, is expected to see heavy rain and high winds tonight and the next several days. We urge travelers to keep a close eye on local weather forecasts, check 511 for traffic information and use caution when driving in severe weather conditions,” said SHA Administrator Greg Johnson.

According to a news release, SHA’s Coordinated Highway Action Response Team operates 24/7 in the metro areas and is expected to assist drivers in disabled vehicles or in collisions.

SHA’s tips to stay safe during heavy rain storms:

  • “Turn Around-Don’t Drown” – It only takes a few inches of water to cause a vehicle to lose traction and stall; one foot will float most vehicles and two feet will carry them away;
  • Plan for extra travel time as some roads may flood and be temporarily closed;
  • Never attempt to remove a fallen tree from the roadway, especially if there are electrical wires tangled in the branches;
  • Should an intersection lose power and traffic signals are not operating, remember that all drivers on all approaches of the intersection must treat it as a four-way stop;
  • Be aware of flood-prone areas and avoid if possible;
  • “Know before You Go” with 5-1-1 or click here for information on state roads.

 

SHA Tip: During Heavy Rain Storms, Turn Around-Don't Drown

Rain Monday Oct 29

There is a Flash Flood Watch for Montgomery County from now through 8 p.m. on Saturday evening, and officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (SHA) ask drivers to “Turn Around-Don’t Drown” during heavy rain storms. SHA crews are preparing for heavy rainfall by stocking high water and road closure signs, cones, generators and […]

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Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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