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Safety tips for driving in flooded areas

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The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) would like to remind citizens to drive safely and adhere to all road closures due to flooded roads.

"Flooding can cause serious hazards when driving," said Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD, in a press release. "The safest option is to drive only on main roads and to stay off roads that are closed or barricaded. Driving through water-covered roads is never worth the risk."

According to the National Weather Service, 54 percent of flood-related fatalities involved driving.

It only takes 6 inches of water to reach the bottom of most passenger cars and this can cause loss of control or possible stalling.

The MSP/EMHSD would like citizens to follow these safety tips while driving:

· Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

· Do not take shortcuts, stick to main roads and designated evacuation routes.

· Remember that it takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.

· Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle that includes food, water, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, emergency contact numbers and a help sign.

· Avoid areas that are likely to flood, including dips, low spots and flood plains; always heed flood warnings and instructions from emergency officials.

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