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Put Safety First: Avoid Flooded Roadways

 

August 8, 2008

11:00 AM

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE – With today’s heavy rains, numerous road closures are being reported due to local flooding, with many reported in York and Cumberland Counties. The Maine Emergency Management Agency is urging Mainers to pay close attention to weather forecasts and road conditions, and to avoid all flooded roadways.

  • Stay away from flooded roadways.
  • Respect all markers and barricades.
  • If you encounter a road that is flooded and not marked or closed, please report it to local authorities.

Road conditions are changing rapidly – a road that is currently open may be flooded and closed in a very short time. Serious damage to the road may be hidden by flood water. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.

Most flooding deaths are vehicle-related. Find another way around.

In addition, stay away from rushing water while walking. As little as six inches of rushing water can sweep you off your feet. Keep children and pets away from rushing streams and drainage ditches.

511 Maine, the Maine Department of Transportation’s Travel Information system, has information on road conditions. Dial 511 from your telephone to get a recorded message on road conditions, or visit the web site http://www.511maine.gov

For more information on disaster preparedness and safety, visit http://www.maineprepares.com

 

Contact:

Lynette Miller
207-624-4420

 

Last update: 07/20/10