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MoDOT: During Week of Steady Rain, ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’

Transportation and safety officials warn motorists to never cross a roadway that's covered in water
Flood Warning
(Photo credit: KSMU)

Rain is in the forecast for the next several days, and some parts of the Ozarks are seeing flooding already.

The Missouri Department of Transportation, or MoDOT, is reminding drivers to never drive across a roadway that’s covered in water.  Angela Eden, a spokeswoman for MoDOT, says one danger is after flash flooding, when parts of the road are destroyed.

“And folks may think, ‘Oh, well there’s just a few inches of water over the roadway,’ not understanding that maybe the roadway underneath has been washed away. And then folks drive off into it.  And that can have some tragic consequences,” Eden said.

Eden says it only takes a few inches of water to carry away a heavy vehicle, and she encourages drivers to remember the phrase, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” 

You can see which roads have been closed by checking out the Traveler Info Map on MoDOT’s website:  www.MoDot.org.