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Jul 10, 2012 11:31 AM

Monsoon safety

This was released from the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

In light of the recent heavy monsoon rain storms, the Pima County Sheriff's Department would like to raise the public's awareness on this specific hazard. Monsoon season and the severe weather events that come along with it can pose a danger, which can be avoided with a little foresight. We would like to remind everyone to take certain safety precautions during these weather events, especially flash floods as they occurred last Wednesday.
Here are a few helpful tips:

? Driving around barricades is illegal and dangerous.
? Do not let children play near storm drains or washes after a heavy rain.
? Avoid low-water crossings.
? Avoid camping in a wash or in the bottom of a canyon with steep side slopes.
? Be especially cautious at night. Flood dangers are much more difficult to see in the dark.
? Even a less serious urban flood can be dangerous. Driving too fast through standing water can cause a car to hydroplane. The best defense is to slow down or pull well off the road (with the lights off) for a few minutes to wait out heavy rains.
? Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast.
? Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
? Do not camp or park a vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
? If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc.
? Roadbeds may be washed out under floodwaters. Never drive through flooded roadways.
? If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
Pima County Sheriff's Department
? If a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection as a 4-way stop.
? As little as ten inches of water can float average-sized cars, mini-vans, SUVs and trucks. Strength of the flow is the critical force.
? When in doubt, wait it out, or find a safer route.

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