Flooded Roadway Warning

HWDS Flasher Watch for Water on Road

Flooded Roadway Warning

Flooding is the leading cause of severe weather-related deaths, and over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. Ironically, many drivers rescued from flood waters report that they were in a hurry to get home, to safety, as the reason for attempting to drive through a flooded roadway. It takes only 18 inches of rushing water to carry away most vehicles, including pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Our automated advance warning stations advise motorists of a flooded roadway ahead by activating flashing beacons, message signs, or automatic road barrier gates. Conditions at the warning stations are also monitored by Contrail® software that can issue alarms to key personnel and feed a public or intra-agency web site. A well-designed system not only improves public safety but can also help a region conserve Emergency Management, Rescue and Road Department resources, and help in the overall response to flooding events.

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