Emergency Personnel Encourage Drivers to Avoid Flooded RoadsLast Edited:
As storms pass through South Jersey, many people are seeing flooded roads. Emergency personnel in many cities are encouraging those braving the roads to avoid areas with a substantial amount of water.
Experts say when it comes to flooded roads, the depth of the water can be deceiving and the only way to really tell the depth is to test it out.
Many will agree that this may not be the safest option while trying to make it to a destination safely.
On the evening of Tuesday, September 11th, officials with the Winslow Township Police decided to temporarily close a portion of the White Horse Pike due to dangerous driving conditions.
Winslow Township Police Lt. Christopher Dubler said the road cleared up pretty quickly, but the scene less than 24 hours prior was a completely different story.
Prior to the closure, water had the potential of getting into vehicles.
If caught in a situation like that, emergency personnel encourage drivers to find an alternate route.
“If they should get stuck in an area that they thought was passable that ends up being not passable, we would encourage them to try to get to higher grounds some way, shape, or form," said Dubler. "If they need to, call 911. Depending on their physical ability, if they can get on the roof of the vehicle — help can get there.
"Sometimes getting out of the vehicle and into the water — even though it’s just a small section that’s flooded — there could be some sort of currents in the waterway that could wash them away.”
Dubler explained that depending on how severe the storm is and where emergency personnel is needed, they may not always be able to physically monitor closed roads. In this case, officers will put up barricades or temporary barriers.
“We strongly encourage people not to go around barricades," said Dubler. "If there’s barricades up, don’t go around them assuming and thinking that you can get through. If we do put barricades up, or cones up, or flares, depending on how busy we are, we will get back as soon as that water has receded and remove the barricades when it is safe to go through.”
When it comes down to it, experts say avoidance is the best option. Officers are encouraging drivers to simply find alternate routes when flooding occurs.
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