MDOT urges safety during severe weather
JACKSON, MISS. – As areas across Mississippi anticipate heavy rainfall due to Tropical Storm Barry, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds motorists to use caution when traveling during severe weather conditions.
“MDOT first responders are prepared for any response effort and debris removal as we monitor Tropical Storm Barry,” said Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King. “Our forces are fueling up vehicles, sharpening chainsaws and implementing preparedness plans should these efforts be needed.”
MDOT encourages the traveling public to pay close attention to weather and travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Mississippi Highway Patrol and local law enforcement.
The 2019 Hurricane Evacuation Guide is an essential resource and just a click away. Download a copy today at GoMDOT.com/hurricanes. Guides are also available in Spanish and Vietnamese. Tips on how to prepare for a hurricane and a hurricane survival kit checklist are also available.
Flooding is a top weather related killer. Most flood deaths occur at night when people become trapped in a stalled vehicle in a flooded area. Following these safety measures will help ensure you and your family remain safe on Mississippi’s highways.
· Avoid already flooded areas. A flowing stream can carry a vehicle downstream.
· Never drive through a flooded area. Always remember to TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!
· If you are driving at night, be especially cautious as it is harder to recognize flood conditions.
· Never drive around a barricaded road.
· If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Rising water can engulf a vehicle and its occupants.
For more severe weather safe driving tips, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.
Prior to traveling, motorists are encouraged to fill up vehicles with gasoline and check the status of road conditions by visiting MDOTTraffic.com or by downloading the MDOT Traffic mobile app.
MDOT crews are monitoring roadways for potential flooding and are prepared to assess damage as more rainfall is expected throughout the week. Stay updated on these efforts and the status of road conditions by following @MississippiDOT on Twitter and Facebook.