Never drive through flood wa­ter and stay safe Supt Rob Critchlow, Com­man­der, The Hills LAC

Rouse Hill Times - - NEWS -

FLOODS are de­struc­tive events that we can’t do much about. They are rapid flows that have great force.

Floods should not be un­der­es­ti­mated and we should never drive through them.

Due to their muddy na­ture we can­not see be­neath them. Also mod­ern cars, even four wheel drives and SUVs, are very well sealed and float. A car can become a boat very quickly and float away. This is a most dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion that causes deaths in nearly ev­ery ma­jor flood­ing event.

The ad­vice of the SES and po­lice is un­equiv­o­cal; never drive though flood wa­ter. It is not ne­go­tiable as mis­for­tune will fol­low. When cars are washed away the re­quired res­cues are very dan­ger­ous for emer­gency work­ers, en­dan­ger­ing their lives as well. Stay dry and safe and avoid flood­wa­ter.

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