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FLOOD WATCH 2017: Tips for driving in times of floods

FILE PHOTO: Work crews arrive to begin remediation work on Gellatly Road, covered by floodwaters.
May 11, 2017 - 4:30 PM

KELOWNA - ICBC has some tips for drivers during flood situations.

Drivers should take a few things into account when dealing with a flood in their area, from route planning to where to park.

ICBC has some tips to share about that.

The first thing people should consider is planning a route around where flooding may affect road conditions. In case the situation changes, it’s smart to have a back up route in case original routes are blocked. Drivebc.ca has an up-to-date list of the latest road conditions.

If you do come to a road that is flooded, you should turn around.

If it’s impossible to go back and you must drive through the flooded area, proceed cautiously and be aware of what you cannot see underneath the surface of the water including stumps, holes and downed power lines.

Also be aware of the current of the water, which may affect steering, especially in deeper water.

When emerging from water, test your brakes. If they need to be dried, drive slowly and brake lightly. Other systems should be dried as soon as possible and may need to be checked by a mechanic.

Sometimes vehicles stall when in flood water, or become stuck. Be prepared to abandon it.

If you do have to abandon it don’t return to it until it’s safe after the water recedes. If the engine has gone under water after stalling, don’t restart it. A mechanic should check it out first to make sure systems are operating and fluids are proper.


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