Residents advised to avoid low water crossings
The San Antonio area is experiencing significant rainfall in some areas, with up to half-inches expected in the area. Flash flooding may occur, resulting in a considerable amount of water over certain roads and hidden dangers at low water crossings. Motorists are advised to avoid low water crossings and to not drive around or move protective barricades installed at these crossings."
Citizens can go to www.sanantonio.gov for an updated list of street closures around San Antonio.
The Emergency Operations Center encourages citizens to refrain from driving and remain at home due to poor weather and driving conditions. Remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
• Currently, there are no street closures as of 10:30 a.m.
• 5 Public Works trucks currently monitoring locations.
Traffic Signal Malfunctions:
• 7 traffic signals malfunctioning
Number of Trees Down:
• 8 Trees Down
Drivers who maneuver around barricades at low water crossings put their lives as well as the lives of emergency rescue personnel at risk. The San Antonio Fire Department will issue a $600 rescue fee to anyone needing to be rescued from a lowwater crossing. Residents driving around a barricade will be fined up to $200 by the San Antonio Police Department. In addition, anyone removing or tampering with a barricade will be fined up to $1,000 and up to two years in jail. Residents can be arrested for both violations.
Motor vehicles are involved in half of all flood-related deaths, according to the National Weather Service. Many of these deaths are preventable if motorists are more cautious during severe weather events.
Citizens should not attempt to walk through rising floodwaters. As little as six inches of water can knock a person off their feet or move a small vehicle. If floodwaters continue to rise, move to higher ground. If floodwaters begin to rise inside a home continue to rise, move to higher ground. If floodwaters begin to rise inside a home before residents can evacuate, they should retreat to the second floor, the attic, and the roof, if necessary.
Residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 for more information.