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When it Rains – Flood Channels can Kill

Video Highlights the Danger

March 8, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – With recent rains cascading down some streets, runoff channels and streams, Riverside County officials urged residents today to stay away from potentially dangerous flowing waters. As a reminder, Riverside County released a video to highlight the danger, how to avoid it and what to do if residents see someone slip into rushing water.

The video can be seen at:

Under the right conditions, even a small amount of rain can create a torrent able to wash away people and even vehicles. A car can float in as little as 12 inches of water and people die every year because they attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Residents should not let down their guard just because El Nino has not generated the significant rain that many had expected.

“Flooding can happen at any time of the year and it remains one of our most common natural disasters,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of the Riverside County Emergency Management Department. “Flooded roads and streams can be lethal and residents must be cautious around them at all times.”

Heed the warning to "Turn Around, Don't Drown" when you see a flooded roadway, even if the road has not been closed and never – EVER – drive around barricades.

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