BEWARE OF FLOODING ON BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH SEWALL’S POINT ROAD
Posted from The Town of Sewall’s Point:
The flooding is due to high tides which may last for the rest of November.
Even when high tide recedes, it may take time for the water to dissipate.
Because the flooding is tidal, this is brackish water (a.k.a. salt water) and it’s bad for your vehicle. If you must drive through it, you are encouraged to wash the water off, including the undercarriage, as soon as possible.
Vehicles are urged to avoid South Sewall’s Point Road, particularly from Ridgeview south to High Point. You can use S. River Road to avoid much of the flooding. Please be conscientious of the speed limit on side streets, including S. River Road (20 mph).
While the flooding is not as serious on N. Sewall’s Point Road, it may still be a hazard. You are encouraged to avoid the flooding there as well, if possible.
If no alternate route exists and you have no other reasonable alternative but to drive through standing water:
Do your best to estimate the depth of the water (if other cars are driving through, take note of how deep the water is).
Drive slowly and steadily through the water.
Avoid driving in water that downed electrical or power lines have fallen in – electric current passes through water easily.
If you have driven through water up to the wheel rims or higher, test your brakes on a clear patch of road at low speed. If they are wet and not stopping the vehicle as they should, dry them by pressing gently on the brake pedal with your left foot while maintaining speed with your right foot.
Stay off the telephone unless you must report severe injuries.
If your vehicle stalls in the deep water, you may need to restart the engine to make it to safety. Keep in mind that restarting may cause irreparable damage to the engine.
If you can’t restart your vehicle and you become trapped in rising water, immediately abandon it for higher ground. Try to open the door or roll down the window to get out of the vehicle. If you are unable to get out safely, call 911 or get the attention of a passerby or someone standing on higher ground so that they may call for help.
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