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State police warning people not to drive through water, flooded roads



MONROE, La. – State police are reminding people not to drive through water or flooded roads before the upcoming storm.

Trooper Michael Reichardt said barricades could be put on the road if flash flooding occurs. He’s warning people not to drive around or move these barricades.

Reichardt said you can’t tell how deep the water goes, and it only takes a few inches to carry a car away. He said “turn around, don’t drown” is the motto.

“Even if you have, you know, a jacked-up four-wheel drive, you can see the water and see the water running across the road, but who knows what the road underneath the water looks like. You know it may have caused a hole, asphalt or something may have caved in. So, your whole truck could fall in. If something like that happens, your chances of surviving are slim to none,” he said.

Reichardt said you can check or their Facebook page for information on roadway conditions. You can also call *577 if you need to get in contact with state police, possibly to inform them of unsafe conditions.

Reichardt also wanted drivers to be aware that many schools are starting back, so be aware of school zones, which he reminded are also phone-free zones.