Fire Officials Urge Citizens Not To Drive in High Flood Waters

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Weather conditions were a lot better in Midland on Wednesday after all of the rain and water that built up on streets like Dormard Avenue and Tyler Street. The water was so deep Tuesday night in some places, firefighters actually put cones and signs to stop drivers from coming through. However, even those warnings didn't stop one man from trying.

"All you got to do is pay attention. I mean, if four feet of water is in something, it's pretty obvious you're not going to make it across," Midland Firefighter Justin Glass, said. "But it happens every year, and every year we have people try to cross there."

Firefighters in Midland said it can be tough driving in lots of rain and high waters. 
A simple solution? Stay alert and use a little bit of common sense.

"You've got to be careful. You've got to watch out for areas that look like they're passable. A lot of times they're not," Captain Doug Van Zandt, with the Midland Fire Department, said. "Even just a matter of inches of water, you can find yourself stalled out. If the water is swift moving, just a little bit of water is all it takes and it will sweep your car off the road. So you want to stay out of those types of situations."

Fire officals said fast moving water collects quickly on certain streets in Midland. If you ever find yourself in too deep, firefighters warn to stay exactly where you are.

"[If] it's up to your chest, you're uncomfortable, if you get out of the water there's a chance you can get swept away if you don't have a life persever on. You've got kids in the car, it's better for us to come get you. It's better for us to come get your kids," Glass explained.

The driver of a 1985 Chevy Trailblazer got out Tuesday night with help from a rescue team.  However, officals said it helps if you pay attention.

"A lot of times [when] we have our flash floods, there will be cones out there. If they're out there, they're for a reason," Van Zandt said. "Don't drive around those and go through the water."

Firefighters said if at all possible to avoid driving in high waters. They added, if the flood waters move fast enough, just getting out of a car can be a serious danger.