Wednesday evening we received a report of a vehicle that had gotten stuck in rushing flood water while trying to cross of a ford in White Pines Forest State Park. Heavy rain producing thunderstorms occurred Wednesday afternoon and evening causing localized flooding - with Ogle County being one of those locations.
That's why it's so important to never underestimate the power of water. We typically don't think of flash flooding when severe weather occurs. And other than heat related fatalities, flash floods kill more people each year in the United States than tornadoes. Let that sink in for a little bit.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over half of flood related fatalities are due to people driving their vehicle through flood water. It only takes six inches of rushing water to knock over a grown human being. One foot of rushing water can lift up and carry away a small vehicle and just two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. A simple phrase to remember, 'Turn Around, Don't Drown'. Cheesy, perhaps. But it gets the point across. Never, ever attempt to drive your vehicle over a road that has water over of it. Even if it's a road you've crossed every single day for the past 10 years. There is no way of telling if the road underneath has been washed away, if there is debris in the road or how fast or deep the water may really be.