'Turn Around Don't Drown'

Published 03/15 2014 09:33PM

Updated 03/15 2014 11:43PM

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-- When waters fill streets, they can be extremely dangerous to drive through. Rick Johnson with Washington County Emergency Management said it only takes 12 inches of water to wash your car away and just a few years ago they made more than 80 water rescues. Johnson said if you and your car do get stuck in water, you might try to sit on top of your vehicle. He said swift water rescue crews be able to find you there, but the best way to avoid stalling or being swept away with the flood is to turn around.

Johnson said, "You know if you have lived in this area for an extended period of time, you know which roads can go under water. It could drown your car out and you will be stranded in the middle of the water."

Though there are areas in Northwest Arkansas that are prone to flooding, Johnson said it can happen anywhere. So if you see water rising in front of you, just turn around.

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