Rising Water Hazzards on Missouri-Illinois Roadways
Posted on December 28th, 2015 by Zane Cagle
The rain that started Saturday has turned Missouri and Illinois highways into treacherous waterway. At least 11 people have died in Missouri and Illinois.
If you live in a metropolitan area, you may think flooding is not really something that happens on your streets, but think again. Rainfall in the St. Louis metropolitan area has been reported anywhere from 5 to 8 inches by Sunday morning and it continues to fall.
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Safety Tips for Driving in Extremely Wet Conditions
- Roads may not always be closed due to the rapidly rising water. In some situations, authorities have not been able to close the roads fast enough and cars with drivers have been swept away. Avoid driving into standing/rushing water. If you cannot clearly see the road, do not drive over the water. .
- If you are in a situation where your car stalls in rising water, get out of the car! Your life is far more important than your vehicle!
- Reduce Your Speed. Hydroplaning is one of the most dangerous situations on the interstates and highways.
- Be Attentive. Focus all of your attention on the roadway.
- If you don’t have to drive, then don’t. This is not the week for pleasure afternoon drives.
- Visibility is reduced in heavy rain. Use your lights and when rain is extremely heavy and you have difficulty seeing, turn your hazard lights on so that traffic coming from behind can see you. Resist the urge to pull over to the shoulder as it is difficult for vehicles to see you. If possible keep moving slowly with your hazard lights on.
- Call 911 if your car becomes disabled or you see a car hydroplane off the roadway. Vehicles stranded in the median or on the shoulder are truly dangerous situations for all concerned. Emergency crews would rather you call and report a stranded vehicle opposed to them having to work a fatality crash!
Seven People Killed in Missouri Due to Rainfall Following Christmas
Four international soldiers training at Fort Leonard Wood drowned when they car was swept off a road CNN. Two other adults were in a car that was swept off a road near Crocker just a short time later.
As well, a Springfield man drowned after his vehicle was swept into Simms Branch Creek in Greene County.
Injuries and Deaths Increase Monday Morning
A Warrensburg woman crashed in Johnson County this morning. Around 9:45 a.m., the woman was driving on eastbound U.S. 50, about a half mile west of Highway 23 overpass at Knob Noster, and left the highway and fell 15 to 20 feet down into a creek where the car landed wheels up.
Flooding and Freezing Forecast in Missouri and Illinois
The Missouri Governor declared a state of emergency Sunday as heavy rain lead to widespread flooding across much of Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has made dozens of water rescues. Missouri and Illinois are two of many states that has been on the receiving end of a massive storm that has produced tornadoes, blizzards and flooding.
The National Weather Service calls for rain, snow and sleet through 8 p.m. into Tuesday with temperatures topping at 34 degrees and dropping to 24 including wind gusts as high as 37 mph.
If You Are Involved in a Motor Vehicle Collision
First, call 911. Second, check on the immediate medical needs of all of those involved. (Some people wait and do not call 911 until they check on all of the other vehicle occupants, however, if someone is critically injured, those minutes you wait to call 911 could be the difference between life and death) Plus, traffic concerns can turn deadly for you and other drivers without emergency personnel to properly light and warn approaching and oncoming traffic. Third, seek medial treatment right away.
Once you have addressed immediate needs of safety and medical necessity, call an expert car accident attorney. You always have questions after a car crash. We are available seven days a week to answer your questions.