Lauderdale County EMA warns motorists of hazards flooded roads pose

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - After the tragic drowning of a Lauderdale County resident whose vehicle got stuck in a flooded creek this week, emergency management officials want to remind motorists of this deadly hazard.

The waters of Cypress Creek in Lauderdale County have the ability to look very tranquil one moment and quickly turn deadly the next.

At a time of year in which flash flooding is known to occur quite often, emergency management officials are asking motorists to heed posted warnings.

“Just a very small amount of water can move a vehicle; it just doesn’t take much at all. And when you are out of that vehicle you are a lot smaller than the vehicle and you are certainly going to be swept and moved,” explained Lauderdale County Emergency Management Director George Grabryan.

The National Weather Service launched a campaign Grabryan said makes a tremendous amount of sense.

“Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

Signs like the one found on County Road 16 have been posted at several sites around Lauderdale County where flooding happens quickly.

“A lot of these creeks look very, very, very calm and peaceful most of the time, but when they start raging and running up above the roads it can very much be a problem,” Grabryan stated.

Two feet of raging water can sweep away a vehicle.

Six inches of fast moving flood water can take down an average sized person.

Facts Grabryan wants motorists to remember next time they’re faced with the decision to cross flood waters or not.

On Wednesday, Anthony Campbell was found 25-yards downstream from his vehicle in a flooded creek in Waterloo.

Authorities say he drowned after trying to exit his vehicle when it stalled.

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