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January 7, 2013

Flooding Safety Tips

(Harris County, TX) – The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS) will be monitoring hazardous weather in our area region on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Heavy rain, strong winds and isolated tornadoes are also possible. This severe weather may also cause street flooding.

Play it smart, play it safe.  Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!  More at

While most people know to slow down in the rain, there are other tips that can save your life. 

  • Pull over and wait it out, if it's raining so hard that you can't see the road or the car in front of you.
  • Turn on your headlights, even when there's a light sprinkle. It helps you see the road, and more importantly, it helps other motorists see you.
  • Watch out for pedestrians. Keep a sharp lookout for people in the road.
  • Give a truck or bus extra distance. Their extra-large tires can create enough spray to block your vision completely.  Avoid passing one, but if you must pass, do it as quickly as safety allows.
  • Defog your windows. Rain will quickly cause your windshield to fog up.

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