What to do in a flooding emergency

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- There is a warning for residents after two weekends of dangerous floods and downpours. There may be another storm system that could cause more high water issues this weekend.

Two people died in flood waters on Saturday, including a woman who seemed to do everything right. Her car was in high water, she rolled the windows down and got on her roof but it wasn't enough.

So what should you do if you're caught in a similar situation?

"There's not one move to save your life. You have to maintain situational awareness," said Captain Ruy Lozano with the Houston Fire Department.

The decisions you make could save your life during the next flash flood event. First, be aware of your surroundings. If your car is caught in stagnant, low rising water chances are good and you can simply walk to safety.

"A different scenario is near a bayou or where there is swift water moving through there and the water is rising quickly, now you have to make some strategic moves for self-survival," said Lozano.

A call to 911 is first as soon as you get stuck. Take note of Landmarks and the closest major intersection to help rescuers find you. Roll down your window in case the water keeps rising and you lose power. And as a last resort climb to the top of the vehicle and wait for help there.

In the early hours of Saturday morning a woman driving lost control while driving in the rain, ran off the road, through a fence and into a ditch. Her husband went for help and she was last seen on top of her car. She was later found dead.

The case is still under investigation.

Lozano says unfortunately, once you're on the road during severe weather there's nothing that will guarantee your safety.

"I wish I could tell the citizens you do this - this is going to save your life but it's not like that. It's a very dynamic. It's dynamic even for our rescuers," said Lozano.
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