KEARNEY – Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol along with the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) are continuing to remind motorists the dangers of driving through flood waters.
Water from recent heavy rains continue to flow through the state as several communities are experiencing flooding and water-covered roadways.
According to a release from NSP, first responders have assisted in evacuations for hundreds of people in several communities in south-central Nebraska. Many local roads and state highways have been affected by flooding as well.
Driving through flood waters can be extremely dangerous and it doesn’t take much water to disable a vehicle or even wash it off the road entirely. If you come across flood waters covering a road, turn around and don’t drown.
The NDOT has placed barricades in numerous areas to prevent motorists from driving through flooded areas. NDOT crews have also been working hard all week to clear and reopen roads affected by flooding. Local public works crews have also been working on local roads in several communities.
Water can do tremendous damage to roads. It’s possible that flood-covered roads are damaged or even portions of the road itself have been washed away as motorists should never drive around barricades.
Multiple deaths in 2019 have been attributed to flood waters washing a vehicle off the road. First responders have also rescued several people whose vehicle became stranded in flood waters.
As flood waters continue to move through the area, additional road closures are likely. All motorists are urged to help avoid tragedy by following the simple rule of thumb for flooded roads: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.