PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA – Homeowners in Port St. Lucie were dealing with heavily flooded streets over the weekend. At Osage Avenue and Gas Light Street, for instance, water was close to five feet deep. Homeowners were making their own barricades to close roads to people who were unfamiliar with the area.
According to residents, the problems stem not only from heavy rains, but from poor drainage. CBS12 contacted city crews on behalf of frustrated residents. The city responded to queries by stating that solutions to the problem were being investigated.
With the heavy flooding, law enforcement officials were eager to remind people that driving through flooded streets is rarely a smart move.
Should you come upon a flooded street, no matter how familiar you are with the area, officials urge you to turn around and find another route. If you are unable to find a street safe to drive on, park elsewhere and walk if it is safe to do so. Even several inches of water is enough to lift your car and carry it away. Not only are you putting your life in danger, and the lives of your passengers, but you are putting anyone who attempts to come to your aid at risk as well.
If you do find yourself trapped in a flood, do not exit your vehicle. Doing so can put you at greater risk. Use your cell phone to call for help. If you do not have a cell phone, roll down your window and yell for assistance. Consider that water strong enough to pick up and move your car can be even more dangerous to a pedestrian.
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