Although it is rare for us in Texas to get rains that result in heaving flooding, we have been (thankfully) experiencing short burst of heavy rain every few weeks or so. Fortunately none of these weather systems have produced significant flooding, but they have produced enough water accumulation in some areas. And just like the old adage says “better be safe than sorry,” we’ve put together a safety reminder list of what to do (and not do) in the case you and your car get caught in a flood.
Turn the headlights and hazard lights on
Unbuckle your seatbelt
Unlock your doors
Take outer clothing off
Lower your window slowly. Climb out of your car. Reach a higher ground. Call 911
If you can’t lower your window, use the door. The door won’t open until the water pressure has equalized inside and outside of the car, so don’t try to force the door to open. Once the door is open, swim to safety and call 911.
Try to cross or drive on a flooded road. A couple of feet of water is enough to sweep your car.
Don’t try to drive across flowing water.
Don’t try to save your possessions.
Don’t try to break the window (glass will explode inward of the vehicle)
Don’t stay with your car
Don’t stand on the roof of your car.
Don’t try to return to your car even if it looks like the water is receding