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Public Safety News
Texas Department of Transportation
News Release
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

HEAVY RAINS CAN PRESENT DRIVING HAZARDS
“TxDOT urges caution, reminds drivers Turn Around Don’t Drown”

Houston – As heavy rains pass through the Houston area, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Houston District is urging drivers to use extreme caution. Large rain events can create hazardous driving conditions on roads and bridges. Traffic signals, road signage and travel lanes may be damaged. Travel during heavy wind and rain is strongly discouraged due to the risk of flooding, debris and down power lines.

Motorists should never cross flooded roadways. Flash flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in Texas. As little as six inches of water can float some vehicles. If drivers encounter a flooded road, Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

  • Never try to walk, swim or drive through swift water.
  • Stay informed about weather conditions when you are driving.
  • If your vehicle stalls in deep water, leave it and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
  • Don’t move, tamper with or drive around barriers blocking a low-water crossing. Penalties range from $200 to $1,000 and/or two years in jail.

TxDOT Houston District Emergency Operations Center is monitoring weather and drainage conditions throughout the day in conjunction with the National Weather Service and local government partners. 

Information on TxDOT road conditions is available on our website at www.txdot.gov or by calling the Texas Road Condition and Travel Information hotline (800-452-9292).  Road conditions are also available from TxDOT Houston via twitter @txdothoustonpio.




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