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How to stay safe while driving in flooded areas

Thunderstorm activity created severe flooding at Port Republic and Carteret streets in Beaufort the evening of July 25, 2014.
Thunderstorm activity created severe flooding at Port Republic and Carteret streets in Beaufort the evening of July 25, 2014. The Beaufort Gazette

As the area gears up for a wet weekend, officials are offering ways to stay safe while driving in flooded areas..

The S.C. Highway Patrol said most flood-related deaths and injuries can be avoided if people "turn around, don't drown."

Six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult, and it only takes two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles, the patrol said.

Other tips for staying safe include:

-- Don't use cruise control while it is raining or on wet roads.

-- Slow down and leave room between vehicles in case of hydroplaning.

-- Beware debris that may be beneath the water like tree branches or power lines.

Other tips for how to handle higher water can be found at on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website.

Key Words:

flood, FEMA, South Carolina Highway Patrol, high water

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