Safety precautions when driving on roads with high water

BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Northwestern Arkansas has seen lots of rain, which could lead to potential flooding and road blockades.

Local counties are monitoring the roads closely as they continue to patrol the streets for any potential road hazards.

For the City of Centerton and Benton County, the main concern on the roads is safety, as officials advise drivers to be aware of flash flood warning signs.

According to Melody Kwok, Benton County’s director of communications, flash flooding can happen very quickly and can be a safety issue for drivers.

“You don’t know what’s under that water, maybe you don’t know how high the water is,” Kwok said.

Both Benton County and Centerton have one phrase in common that the public should know about driving on high water roads.

“Turn around and don’t drown,” Mayor Bill said.

Kwok says Benton County has not yet barricaded any roads, but has closed some streets.

As for Centerton, Mayor Bill says they only had to close one road, which usually gets flooded from time to time.

“We had one on the south mainline, which floods from time to time,” Mayor Bill said.

Both Kwok and Mayor Edwards advise the general public on what to do if they encounter flooded roads.

“If you see flooding on a road that has not yet been closed, please call 911,” Kwok said.

“If we put up barricades, please don’t go around them, they’re there for your safety and we don’t want you to get hurt,” Mayor Edwards said.

Both counties will continue to monitor any flash flooding as their local fire and police departments work hard to keep drivers safe.

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Susan W. Lloyd