Monday, June 15, 2009

Know Before You Go

With heavy rains today, remember some of these flood safety tips, and check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map for updated road closure information.

  • Slow your speed for better control on rain slick roadways.

  • Allow extra distance for braking.

  • Turn your lights on whenever wipers are required -- it's the law!

  • Don't try to cross a flooded roadway. If you see water on the road ahead, turn around and find another route.
  • If there is no other route, get to higher ground and wait for the water to subside.

  • Even if the water appears shallow, don't cross. The road underneath could have dips or may have washed away.

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling. One or two feet of water can sweep most vehicles away.

  • If your car stalls, get out immediately and move to higher ground.

  • Don't drive unless necessary.

  • If it's necessary to drive, know before you go. Check which roads are closed due to flooding on MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at or call 1-888-ASK MoDOT or the Missouri State Highway Patrol.