Michigan State Police are reminding residents to drive safely and adhere to all road closures they come across due to flooding.
Heavy rainfall and snow melt may cause flooding along state roads. Flooding is one of Michigan's most common and dangerous hazards.
According to the National Weather Service, 54 percent of flood related fatalities involved driving. Flooding can weaken roads or wash them out entirely.
It is very difficult to gauge the depth of water and motorists need to know that it only takes 6 inches of water to reach the bottom of most passenger cars.
If you come across a flooded road you should turn around and not drive through the flooded roadway.
Here are some other tips:
- Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Do not take shortcuts; stick to main roads and designated evacuation routes.
- Remember that it takes only 2 feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.
- Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle that includes food, water, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, emergency contact numbers and a help sign.
- Avoid areas that are likely to flood, including dips, low spots and floodplains; always heed flood warnings and instructions from emergency officials.
For additional flood safety tips visit michigan.gov/mifloodready.