National Weather Service warns of driving through floods

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Flash flooding kills more people every year than any other weather disaster.

The National Weather Service is warning people about the dangers of driving in rising water.

There have been several recent high water rescues in the Birmingham area and because of tremendous rain expected throughout the week, the National Weather Service is pushing its flooding campaign for drivers called "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

Flash flooding can happen quickly especially at a time like now when the ground is saturated.

The water running off on to the road makes your vehicle a death trap.

"For every foot you drive into, one foot displaces about 15-hundred pounds. So you only need about 18 inches of water to make vehicles buoyant." said Jim Stefkovich with the National Weather Service

Another reason to avoid a flooded road is because you don't know the condition of the road under that water it may be washed out.