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What to do if you're caught driving in a flash flood

Testing the waters could have fatal results (Source: WALB) Testing the waters could have fatal results (Source: WALB)
Chief Sebon Burns (Source: WALB) Chief Sebon Burns (Source: WALB)
Flash floods kill an average of 75 Americans per year (Source: WALB) Flash floods kill an average of 75 Americans per year (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

According to the National Weather Service, around 75 Americans die a year in flash floods.

Thankfully there were no deaths or injuries reported in the recent Camilla flash floods. 

Still, with their is danger of flash flooding, you need to know the dangers of trying to drive through flood waters.

six inches of water can damage the bottom of a car, and one foot of water can float most vehicles.

Two feet can float SUVs and trucks.

If you are caught in a situation where you misjudge the water's depth, the Albany Deputy Fire Chief has tips on how to stay alive.

"Find a pocket of air usually near the back window or the roof," said Chief Sebon Burns. "Roll down your window and swim to safety. But if you can't roll down your window, you can break your window with a pocket knife or whatever tool you have in your car."

Those survival steps can be avoided if you remember the phrase-- "Turn around, don't drown."

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