'Just Don't Do It': OKCFD Warns Against Driving In Floodwaters


Tuesday, June 29th 2021, 6:40 pm
By: Storme Jones


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Oklahoma City firefighters have responded to 30 swift-water rescues and stranded vehicles since Friday.

“First and foremost, just don’t do it. Do not ever drive into high water,” Oklahoma City Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson said.

He said it's best to not put yourself in that situation to begin with, but if you are stuck in swift moving water, there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe.

“Make sure you’re rolling down your window and opening your door. Make sure you can get out of your car if you need to,” Fulkerson said. “Go ahead and call 911 at that point and tell us exactly your location.”

Even if the water isn't all that deep,” Fulkerson said it is often what you can't see beneath the surface that causes danger.

“There chance even if you’re familiar with the area, maybe you drive through there every day, you don’t know what that rushing water has done to that pavement,” he said.

Fulkerson said it take just six inches of rushing water to push a vehicle off the road.

“Your options are few and your risks are high,” Fulkerson said.