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HPD To Educate Drivers On What To Do In A Flood

The public information campaign hopes to educate drivers about what to do and what to avoid in case of flooding through seminars and visits to community centers.


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HPD's public information campaign will focus on educating motorists about how to behave when the city floods.
Al Ortiz
HPD’s public information campaign will focus on educating motorists about what to do when the city floods.

Several drownings at freeway underpasses during the flooding that occurred last week have prompted the Houston Police Department to plan an initiative to educate drivers on what to do when they come across high water.

Acting Chief Martha Montalvo says the HPD will roll out a public information campaign about what drivers should do and also what they should avoid during floods.

The campaign will consist of seminars and visits to community centers where police officers will highlight the message: “Turn around. Don’t drown.”

The message reminds drivers not to go into high water spots that are so common in freeway underpasses when the city floods.

"We’ll be going to community meetings, community centers, anywhere that we are invited, to just give them advice on what to do if they are caught in a situation of a flooding and they are in a car," Montalvo commented during a press event at HPD headquarters.

HPD will also distribute 2,000 so-called life hammers, which drivers can use to break windows and cut seat belts to get out of vehicles if they are caught in high water.

Montalvo thinks people "panic" during floods and "get very afraid."

"If we can get some of this information out, hopefully, you know, folks will have a better idea of what to if they find themselves in this situation," Montalvo added.

The campaign will also underscore drivers shouldn't go around barricades set up at flooded intersections and underpasses.

Montalvo noted some locations that are not historically prone to flooding were inundated last week and that reinforces the need for a public information campaign like this.


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