This is a news release from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department published verbatim.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 8 p.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday. There is a potential for heavy rain, storms and flash flooding. Rain amounts of 1 to 3 inches with a potential of 4 inches in some areas. When heavy rain and flash flooding occur, you can assume there will be a few roadways in the area that will be impacted as well. Unfortunately, our firefighters and paramedics can also assume there will be several calls for help as people attempt to drive their cars through flooded roadways only to stall and become trapped.
This puts both the driver, any passengers AND our firefighters and paramedics in needless danger!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into flood water. Many people under estimate, and do not understand, the power and force of water.
Please take a moment to watch the below video, from our friends at the National Weather Service, which highlights the danger.
Be aware and be prepared. Our firefighters and paramedics do not want to meet you by (a preventable) “accident” today or tonight!
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