The Mesa Fire Department speaks with the Tribune on how to be safe during a flash flood while pointing out
· Nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle related (National Weather Service). Never drive into a flooded roadway.
· It is extremely difficult to estimate the depth of running water or the strength of a current.
· Never drive around barricades. They are there for a reason, usually because flooding is anticipated or already happening. In addition, the road could be damaged and unsafe for drivers.
· It only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to float most vehicles, including SUVs.
· Never allow children to play near washes or storm drains after any rainfall. Children can be swept away.