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Officials offer reminders for Flood Awareness Week

By Meredith Machen, mmachen@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 19 2013 04:49:39 PM CDT
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Emergency officials are reminding you to be prepared for spring rain as part of National Flood Awareness Week.

Washington County, Tennessee emergency management officials told us you should always know your surroundings.    

If you live by a creek, river or in a low-lying area, you need to pay extra attention to the weather when rain begins to pour.    

If flood waters start to rise, we're told you should never drive through it.

Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most cars, and a foot of rushing water can float entire vehicles.

"There is a state law that prohibits anybody from driving through flooded area that have signage that says turn around don't drown or impassible during high water," said Chad Bruckman with the Washington County/Johnson City EMA.

Bruckman said flash floods are most common in our region compared to other floods, and they can occur within minutes or hours of excessive rainfall.