ANCHOR LEAD: The Motor City just experienced record rainfall that flooded at least five freeways and brought the city to a grinding halt. It’s only a matter of time before a storm brings the same types of dangerous road conditions to other parts of the U.S. Do you know what to do if faced with dangerous flooded streets? Brian Osuch has the details. (:60)
SCRIPT: Zero-to-Sixty, I’m Brian Osuch. (SFX: flooded streets) Flooded streets and fast moving water can bring any city to a standstill. But, some motorists ignore the calls for caution and drive through the flood waters anyway. GM’s James Bell says the best idea is to turn around.
CUT: (Bell) If you see a barricade, it’s there for a reason. Don’t drive around it. It’s hard to tell how deep the water of a flooded street is. The average vehicle can be swept away in as little as twelve-inches of water… that includes pickups and SUVs.
SCRIPT: Over half of all flood-related drownings happen when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
CUT: (Bell) These types of deaths are preventable. Drivers need to know flooded roads can collapse underneath them, or they can be swept away by a strong current after existing a vehicle. If that happens, items traveling downstream can trap or even crush you.
SCRIPT: And what if you must drive…
CUT: (Bell) Driving through flooded streets is a bad idea. But, if you have no choice, estimate the depth of the water based on the cars driving ahead of you and go at a slow and steady pace.
SCRIPT: For more, go to GM.com. That’s Zero-to-Sixty from GM. I’m Brian Osuch.
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