With forecasters calling for the possibility of flooding this week, Williamson County Schools would like to remind drivers to be extra cautious on the roadways.
“We are working closely with the National Weather Service and the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency to monitor the forecasted heavy rainfall for the remainder of the week,” said WCS Safety and Security Director Michael Fletcher. “We will be paying close attention to the potential for flooding and will take any action that may be necessary to protect our students, staff and schools.”
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, flooding is the leading cause of severe weather-related deaths in the U.S. In fact, most of those deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways.
Experts say it only takes 12 to 18 inches of flowing water to carry away most vehicles including large SUVs. With that in mind, FEMA’s website offers the following advice for drivers:
- NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Never cross any barriers that are put in place by local emergency officials.
- Play it safe, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
If the district determines roadways in Williamson County are unsafe for travel the district will follow its inclement weather policy.