VIDEO: Route 61 closed due to flooding
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Feb 21, 2014 at 11:11 PM
Ohio 61, between Ohio 103 and Ohio 162 is closed due to flooding.
A detour is posted. The road is closed until further notice.
Ohio 60, between Ohio 303 and U.S. 20 in Huron County, also is closed due to flooding. A detour is posted. The duration of closure is unknown at this time.
Many other area roadways are experiencing spots with high water.
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) safety experts urge motorists to be aware when approaching a flooded road, stop, and do not cross. Never drive through flooded roadways. Never drive around the barriers that warn you a road is flooded.
With water across the roadway, drivers cannot always determine the depth of the water or the condition of the road under the water. Six inches of moving water can knock a person down and a mere two feet of water can move a large vehicle. The best advice: "Turn around; don’t drown." Road beds may be washed out under flood waters.
Many weather conditions can cause a flash flood, making theses the most dangerous kind of flooding because they combine the destructive power of high water with incredible speed and unpredictability. Rapidly rising water creating a flash flood may occur with little warning.
Always remember, if in doubt, turn around.