County Police Issue 'Extreme Weather Advisory'
St. Louis County Police Department offers tips for dealing with the heavy rainfall expected in the area this weekend.
The St. Louis County Police Department has isued the following weather advisory:
The St. Louis County Police Department would like to remind citizens that in times of extreme weather, as expected this weekend, they should be extremely watchful of their surrounding environment. The weather may include heavy rains and high winds that could lead to flash floods, downed wires, and other threatening events. The following tips can be useful to follow during any extreme weather conditions:
DO NOT TAKE RISKS - Driving through standing water on a flooded street can be hazardous. Water can rise quickly on streets and roadways. The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse.
BE KEENLY AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS - Just because a road isn't closed during extreme weather does not mean it is entirely safe. The manpower of emergency responders of any organization can be deeply taxed during these times. Again, water can rise quickly on streets and roadways. Heavy winds can quickly bring down electrical or power lines.
CALL 911 IF YOU NOTICE ANY DANGEROUS SITUATION OCCURING - Because so many things can happen so quickly, carry a phone with you. Make notification to the appropriate entity if you observe any dangerous situation occurring.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch advises that citizens should not hesitate to call 911 if they see any of these threatening events. "The St. Louis County Police Department and other County Departments will be monitoring the effects of any extreme weather we may receive; however, the involvement of our citizens is crucial during these times.”