Jones County Emergency Management concerned about Leaf River flooding

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Jones County Emergency Operations Center

Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!

Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pick-ups. Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road Water can flow over a road before it is reported or before someone can get a barricade to the scene. Sometimes with enough flooding there may be a shortage of barricades.

If you see water across a road, barricaded or not, DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH IT! Driving through flood waters can also damage your vehicle. When you drive through water you will push a wake. If water is nearly inside a home close to the roadway your poor decision to drive by may mean the difference in that home owner having damage to their home or not.

You can also end up with a citation from law enforcement if you are caught going around a barricade. You can see from the photo below that the water was not very high on the roadway, but going around a barricade that was put there for safety was a bad idea. This driver hydroplaned off Ellisville Tucker's crossing during the last flood event.