Flooding Reported on Several Collier County Roads

Collier County Transportation staff is reporting water over the roads at several locations throughout Collier County due to Tropical Storm Emily. They include:

• Kirkland Avenue
• Mentor Drive
• Auto Ranch Road
• Euclid Avenue
• 52nd Avenue Northeast and Everglades Boulevard
• Palm View Drive
• Sabal Palm Road

Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use extreme caution when approaching these areas. Collier County has several tips for driving or walking in flood areas:

• Never walk or drive in the flood waters. Many people are killed by driving or walking on roads and bridges that are covered by water. Even though the water might look only inches deep, it could be much deeper and have strong currents. It only takes two feet of water to carry away a car, and six inches of swiftly moving water will sweep a person off his feet. Turn around, don’t drown.

• Never underestimate the swiftness of the water. Flooded creeks and streams are unpredictable. Even though the surface water may be smooth, the water is moving very fast.

• Don’t assume your vehicle is safe. High water in streets and intersections will quickly stall motor vehicles. Most trucks, four-wheel drives, and sport utility vehicles also are susceptible to being swept away by high water.

• Find an alternate route around the flooded area. If you are approaching a flooded roadway, turn around and take an alternate route, even though vehicles in front of you may have passed through the high water. Barricades are for your protection. Do not drive through them.

• Never stay with your car in a flooded area. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground. Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move stalled vehicles.

• Never let children play near canals or storm drains when the water is rising or high. Swimming skills have nothing to do with surviving a flooded creek or stream.

• Beware of items being washed downstream. Debris or garbage in the water may include tires, shopping carts and furniture. These items can easily injure or trap a person under water.

• Flood time is not a time for play. Flooded streams and rivers are not safe for recreational boating. Many canoeists and kayakers have been rescued from dangerous rapids in flood-swollen streams and rivers.

• Stay away from storm drains, irrigation ditches, creeks and river areas.

If you see any road maintenance, flooding, drainage, landscaping or irrigation issues, please contact (239) 252-8924.

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