News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services urges citizens to exercise caution when traveling in possible flood areas. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other storm-related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream.

A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.

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