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Leon County warns residents to avoid standing water

Leon County warns residents to avoid standing water
Leon County warns residents to avoid standing water
Posted at 4:35 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 14:21:48-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - With severe weather comes the issue of standing water.

We've all heard the phrase, "Turn around. Don't drown."

It can take less than two feet of water moving across a roadway to float most vehicles, including SUV's and pickup trucks.

Leon County Emergency Management warns of what's called "washout", where roads can develop holes and depth from being under water.

Fortunately, this recent wave of severe weather hasn't closed any roads, but standing water is a concern whenever significant storms come through.

"Once it's been raining, the water is over a road or some location like that, you can have washout that may not be observed through the water," said Kevin Peters, the emergency management director of Leon County. "The water may be murky with mud and debris in it, so you definitely don't know what you're stepping into or driving into. You want to avoid it at all costs."

In addition to standing water, county officials say it only takes about six inches of moving water to knock someone off their feet, a danger especially for children.