Area flood warnings in effect for Sunday: 'Turn Around Don't Drown'

CLEVELAND - The National Weather Service still has flood warnings issued for the following local Ohio rivers:

Elyria: Black River
Independence: Cuyahoga River
Milan: Huron River
Painesville: Black River
Vermilion: Vermilion River
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency reminds drivers ‘Turn Around Don’t Drown.’

When approaching a flooded road (even if the water does not appear to be that high, looks can be deceiving), stop and do not cross.  Drivers should never try to drive through a flooded roadway or attempt to drive around warning barriers.

According to the EMA, it only takes about six inches of moving water to knock a person down and only two feet of water can move a large vehicle. Rapidly rising water can occur quickly with little warning.

According to FEMA, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other severe weather related hazard. More than half of all flood related deaths happen when people and their vehicles are swept downstream.

The main reason for these flood related deaths is that people underestimate the force and power of water.

The Ohio EMA offers up to the minute road conditions here:

During weather events, road conditions are updated as often as necessary, with information such as lane restrictions and closures due to construction, crashes or flooding.

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