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Flooding: A risk to avoid this spring

Road closures are fairly common occurrences around Illinois, especially in the spring as highway workers resume road-building and repair activities. Add to this the potential hazards inherent during flood season, and it can be difficult to get around.

Alton has not been spared, with the eastbound right lane of IL 100 being shut down for flooding. All lanes are closed outside of Prairie de Rocher.

Flooding is a serious risk to drivers, and although the road closures help motorists avoid driving into deep water with their vehicles, accidents can and do occur. For this reason, it's smart to know what to do if you come across a flooded road.

1. Don't drive through the water

In many cases, the flooding is light enough that you can see the road beneath it. In those instances, you may be able to pass through safely. However, if you can't see the yellow or white lines under the water and you're not sure how deep the water is, don't drive into the flooded area. Your vehicle could stall or be swept away.

2. Avoid parking at the bottom of hills or valleys

During hard rainfalls when flood conditions prevail, even if it's just for a few minutes, you should avoid parking at the base of hills or valleys. If your vehicle gets caught in flood waters, don't start the engine or try to drive out, because you could end up stranded.

3. Watch out for downed power lines

Finally, watch out for downed utility lines. Electrical lines that fall into the water pose a serious risk. Those who come into contact with the currents face electrocution, serious injuries and death.

These three tips may help you avoid injuries during flood season. If you're not sure of the depth of the water, stay away so that you can stay safe.

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