By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue (Information)
Pictures: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue (Courtesy)
Mohave County, Arizona: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue has issued a public safety announcement not to cross flooded roads after several swift water rescues during last 2 weeks.
During the last 2 weeks, several swift water rescues have occurred in Mohave County, Arizona, including most recently a swift water rescue of a man from on top of an overturned vehicle that occurred on Friday, August 12th, 2022 along Estrella Road just south of Agua Fria Drive.
Video: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue (Courtesy)
Posted on their Facebook page, the video post from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue said, “In response to the recent deluge of rain and plethora of swift water rescue calls during the last couple weeks, our rescue team has a public safety announcement. Swift water is dangerous. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Your vehicle is not special and the force of the water does not care. Swift water can be deadly. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
The risk involved when entering a flooded roadway is not worth losing your life, the life of your family members or friends or any of the first responders that attempt to help.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, it’s easy to underestimate the force and power of water; it takes just 12 inches of water to carry away your vehicle.
Unless you want to risk paying steep fines in addition to risking your life, don’t drive around a “Road Closed” sign. It’s against the law.
If you survive, you may be cited and ordered (https://www.azleg.gov/ars/28/00910.htm) to shell out up to $2,000 to any entity that incurs expenses rescuing you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all flood-related drownings occur when motorists attempt to cross a flooded road and are instead swept downstream.
So please, do not risk your own life or the lives of other people trying to rescue you, and just “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
Thanks to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue as well as to all emergency responders who respond to swift water rescues to help save lives.