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High waters and flash floods have local water rescue teams on high alert

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Flash flooding in the Four States is making travel dangerous.  Water levels are still rising from Thursday's rains and with more rain on Friday, officials are urging drivers to be cautious.  High waters are extremely dangerous to drive through, so motorists should allow extra time for detours.

The high waters and flash floods have local water rescue teams on high alert.

We met with a member of the Newton County Rescue and Recovery Team on Friday.

The team member, Justin Weston, put on a waterproof helmet camera to show us what happens when a person is trapped in flooded waters.

"This is not a scenario you'd want to be in - you're stuck, and you need help," says Weston.  "The forces on the outside will make it very difficult for you to escape."

 

 

What may seem like a shallow puddle could be much more dangerous than it appears.

"If a tree catches you or a limb catches you, or something catches you underwater that you can not see when you're out there trying to do your swim and rescue, you're going to go down, and you can't recover from that."

From several inches of water to several feet of water, crews are prepared to handle any amount of water rescue during flood season.

Weldon says the team covers 10 counties across the Four States area and has some tips for drivers who may be traveling by car.

"You may think a nice, heavy, 6,000 pound car will instantly go in - but it will actually float, and it will float into deeper water and then it will drop down, and the flood waters will actually move it wherever it wants to.  You can not control your car as soon as you get in there."

When it comes to flooded roads, there is only one lesson to learn.

"'Turn around, don't drown'.  It says it perfectly.  If you are experiencing major storms and stuff like that, just stay home.  Don't get out on the roads because flash flooding can happen quickly."

As the rain continues Weldon says the currents are only going to get stronger and cause more flooding, so it's best to stay off the roadways.

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