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ODOT urges motorists to Turn Around Don’t Drown

ASHLAND (Friday, February 21, 2014 – 7:30AM) With the heavy rains and melting snow on roadways overnight, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 3 reminds motorists to be aware of the force and power of water, and to Turn Around Don’t Drown.
While many roadways are experiencing spots with high water, only two in north central Ohio are closed for the safety of motorists. The following updates are available:

State Route 61, Huron County
SR 61, between State Route 162 and State Route 103, is closed. Detour is posted.
State Route 96, Richland County
SR 96, west of State Route 13, is closed. Detour is posted.
ODOT safety experts urge motorists to be aware when approaching a flooded road, stop, and do not cross. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. NEVER drive around the barriers that warn you a road is flooded.
With water across the roadway, drivers cannot always determine the depth of the water or the condition of the road under the water. Six inches of moving water can knock a person down and a mere two feet of water can move a large vehicle. The best advice: Turn Around Don’t Drown. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters.
Many weather conditions can cause a flash flood, making these the most dangerous kind of flooding because they combine the destructive power of high water with incredible speed and unpredictability. Rapidly rising water creating a flash flood may occur with little warning.
Always remember, if in doubt, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
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For more information contact:
 Christine Myers, District 3 Communications, at 419-207-7182