Next time it pours, take these tips into consideration

Flooding Tuscaloosa Wev

By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah Ponder

It’s been soggy around West Alabama for quite some time, but Saturday was one for the books as heavy rainfall overloaded drainage systems and turned much of Tuscaloosa County into a swampy mess.

Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue responded to about 20 flood-related calls Saturday, including one call for a swept-away vehicle that resulted in the driver’s death.

That’s why it’s important that residents never drive through murky, flooded water, said Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Life Safety Educator Holly Whigham.

“We have the saying ‘turn around, don’t drown,’ ” Whigham said, but there were plenty of people posting their attempts at traversing dangerous spots on social media.

If you find yourself stranded or stuck in floodwater, or experience any other emergency during flooding, call 911 ASAP, Whigham said.

“It’s important to know how dangerous it is if you are on the roads,” she said. “Six inches of swift, moving water can sweep a person off their feet and it only takes 12 inches of water to float cars. That shows you how dangerous it is to be driving when there’s a flood watch or warning.”

Whigham said she encourages residents to be weather aware and stay home if there are signs of flooding.

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