San Antonio Firefighters urge everyone to remember 'Turn Around, Don't Drown' message

Turn Around Don't Drown!

SAN ANTONIO - With heavy storms heading into the area this weekend, the San Antonio Fire Department is urging everyone to remember the "Turn Around, Don't Drown" message.

Fire officials said that even in shallow water, tires can act as flotation devices lifting up even large vehicles and sending them downstream. A vehicle may stall out in just a few inches of water and a foot or two of water is enough to float a 3,000-pound car.

Footage of first responders rescuing stranded motorists is scene during nearly every weather event. Most of those rescue calls could have been avoidable if the drivers would have not driven through flooded roadways. Driving through flooded roadways not only puts your life at risk and anyone in your vehicle, but also the lives of our first responders. Driving around a barricade when there is water on the road carries a maximum penalty of $2,000 and 180 days in jail and if a rescue is required, everyone in the vehicle may be charged a fee of $640.00.

For additional emergency weather information, the City’s Office of Emergency Management shares the following websites:

CPS Energy Outages
SA Flood Safe
Emergency City Street Closures
CPS Power Outage Map

San Antonio 311: San Antonio residents can contact the 311 Call Center by dialing 3-1-1 or 210-207-6000 to report weather-related issues including street flooding, downed trees in the public right-of-way, flashing or malfunctioning traffic lights or low-water crossings.

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