Rockford Police and Fire Departments Reporting Flooded Streets and Parking Lots

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Below is an alert from the Rockford Police and Fire Departments concerning flooding in the area.

The Rockford Police and Fire Departments are reporting flooded streets and parking lots. Areas experiencing the most flooded include streets between 7th Street and 22nd Street, Charles to 15th Avenue. Manhole covers are being dislodged due to the force of water. Motorists are urged not do drive on flooded roadways and parking lots.

Follow this advise from NOAA-Don't Drown Turn Around

Why is Turn Around Don't Drown® So Important?
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or ear flood waters.Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.

What Can I Do to Avoid Getting Caught is This Situation?
Most flood-related deaths and injuries could be avoided if people who come upon areas covered with water followed this simple advice: Turn Around Don't Drown®.

The reason that so many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.

If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. This is especially true at night, when your vision is more limited.

Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, Turn
Avoid flooded areas and monitor local media outlets and the National Weather Service for weather updates.

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