Flooded streets hazardous, even with just a few inches of water

CREDIT: City of Johnstown

Severe storms brought flooding rains to Ohio, Michigan, and Colorado on Monday as plenty of rain came down in a short period of time.

High water was reported near Johnstown in northwest Licking County. There was fast-moving water reported in some subdivisions, and water also covered a portion of US 62.

Washington Township firefighter Jesse Hill said even a few inches of water could be hazardous.

“It doesn’t take a lot of water depthwise to become extremely powerful,” he said. “It will not only to take you off your feet, but even move a vehicle.”

In fact, it only takes 24 inches of fast moving water to sweep a vehicle away. It takes far less water to knock a person down–6 inches of water could cause a person to fall or get swept away.  Fast-moving, ankle deep water could cause serious injury or even death.

“Any time you see water moving you just need to stay away from it, whether that be high water in the river situation or on flooded roadways,” Hill said.

Floodwaters stranded motorists in Lansing, Michigan. Drivers tried to navigate through the water, but some did get stuck. They had to rely on good Samaritans to push cars out of the high water.

Water also rushed down streets in Colorado in a flash flooding event. That water was so fast-moving, it slammed cars into each other and swept them down the street.

 

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