Flooding Safety

by Katie Donovan on July 14, 2014 at 6:42 am

The Zanesville area has received over an inch of rain in the last 24 hours, and with those heavy rains, comes the risk of flooding.

Quick heavy downpours and extended amounts of rain tend to allow for ponding and even flash flooding on the roadways. With the Muskingum river cutting through Zanesville, there is important to be mindful of high waters. Kenny Jones, Firefighter of the Zanesville Fire Department says Canal Street is particularly prone to flooding.

"Right down here by the police and fire station on Canal Street. The canal, when it starts rising, it comes up on the road occasionally."

Any low lying area near a body of water will always be susceptible to flooding. You are encouraged to stay aware when driving through these areas during heavy rain days. Jones says you should never attempt to pass through a roadway submerged under water.

"If you see a flooded road don’t drive over it because you dont know how deep it is, even if you travel the road all the time. You dont know how high the water is. If its washed away underneath. If the pavement is gone, you could get stuck, and then once you’re stuck the waters traveling a lot faster than what you imagine and it will cause a lot of problems really quick."

If you come across a flooded roadway, you should always seek an alternate route. If your car does become stuck in the water, you are encouraged to stay put and call 9-1-1.