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‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ Driving on Flooded Streets

With high reports of flood related incidents, officials said it's important for residents to know the dangers behind driving through flooded areas and what they should do to avoid more accidents.

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(TNS) - Flooding has proven to be an issue throughout the local area as Thomasville Police Department officers helped more than 15 stalled cars out of flood waters this past weekend.

TPD spokesperson Cpl. Crystal Parker , said the area of Remington and West Jackson Street , Hansell Street and East Jackson Street areas were among the many roads with extreme flooding.

"They (police) had to deal with about 15 cars stalled out and some of them, the people were stuck, and they had to help them out of the water," she said.

With high reports of flood related incidents, officials said it's important for residents to know the dangers behind driving through flooded areas and what they should do to avoid more accidents.

"The key is turn around, don't drown," Lisa Griffis , Thomas County Emergency Management Agency deputy director, said. "Don't drive through flooded streets. It puts yourself in danger and it puts first responders in danger to have to go in the flooded waters and rescue you."

Debris and unknown road conditions in flooded areas can also cause dangerous circumstances for anyone who tries to drive through it, Parker added.

"They don't know if the water is moving, or debris is under it. It only takes a few inches of water to take the car off the road," she said. "If they see water on the street, they need to turn around and go a different route, even if it may seem like a small inconvenience at the time."

Griffis also advises anyone who can't avoid flood waters to drive slowly and try to pull over.

"If all else fails, get off the road until the rain subsides. If you don't have to go out and drive, don't," she said.

After a week full of heavy rain, Griffis said she's excited to see a cold front expected for this weekend and continues to monitor more storms headed toward Thomasville .

"This is the peak of the season this month, so we're still watching the tropics to see what it' going to do. There's storms out there but they're coming off the coast of Africa ," she said.

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