Navarro County is under a flash flood warning that has been extended to 6:30 p.m. with no sight of the heavy rain letting up any time soon. We can expect across the county, additional flooding as the rain continues across the area. Many roads are flooded throughout the county and we are receiving numerous calls for stranded vehicles. I know school is about to be let out, but please stay off the roads if you do not absolutely have to be out and use extreme caution if you must be on the roads.
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of the water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers or do not heed the warnings that the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. So please use caution as well as common sense while out traveling today.
Sheriff Elmer Tanner