Motorists are urged to use caution this afternoon and this evening following heavy rains this past weekend with more rain and a powerful storm system expected. The National Weather Service advises that a Flash Flood Watch and Wind Advisory are in effect until Tuesday afternoon for all of Middle Tennessee.
City Street Department crews have been working to clear storm drains of leaves and excessive debris ahead of additional rainfall. The Street Department will have crews on standby throughout the evening and into the morning to address roadway flooding. Due to the amount of rainfall already and the additional rainfall expected this evening, the motoring public is reminded of the dangers surrounding standing water and flooding:
Flooding can occur as streams and rivers flow over their banks, or any time there is rainfall with significant duration and intensity.
Flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly. They can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall. Be cautious during storm seasons, or any time that flooding is common in your area.
Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out roadway ahead, turn around and find another route to get to your destination.
Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, do not attempt to cross a flooded road. Water can conceal dips, or worse, floodwaters can damage roadways, washing away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground.
If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
Remember, 6 inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.
One foot of water will float many vehicles.
Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUV's and pick-ups.