"With all the recent weather, there is the potential for flash flooding after a rain throughout the county," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times. "Anytime there is water covering a road, motorists should never attempt to drive through it."
Late Thursday afternoon, emergency response personnel were dispatched to an area west of County Road 700 East to help an elderly woman whose vehicle became submerged after she drove into high water.
Although she was safely removed from the vehicle, Heaton confirmed TransCare Ambulance did arrive on the scene to check the woman.
Even if the water looks shallow enough to cross, according to officials, it is a safety hazard. According to safety information provided by the National Weather Service, 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock a person off their feet, and a depth of 2 feet can cause a vehicle to float.
"People should never try to drive through flood water," Heaton said. "If a driver comes upon a flooded area, they should stop, turn around and go another way."
If a flash flood traps a driver, Heaton said they should call 911.
"It is an emergency situation," Heaton said.
Callers need to be prepared to provide details about their location, how deep the water is around or inside the vehicle and be prepared to stay on the phone with an E911 dispatcher until help arrives on the scene.
"With conditions like they are right now, it might take emergency personnel some extra time to respond," Heaton said.