With the forecast calling for storms, standing water and flash flooding can be a major issue for drivers. We're on your side with what you need to know before driving in these conditions.
These are some of the roads typically impacted by flooding across the Tri-State:
- Columbia Parkway (low-lying, narrow road with fast speeds and prone to mudslides).
- Fort Washington Way (low-lying roadway).
- I-71/75 between Buttermilk and Dixie Highway (dips in the roadway prone to standing water).
- AA Highway near I-275 in Wilder, Kentucky (past flooding issues).
- Kellogg Avenue by Riverbend and Coney Island (can flood depending on water levels of nearby rivers/streams).
- Roads in communities near the Little Miami River (can flood depending on water levels):
- Terrace Park
- Eight Mile Road near US-52, Anderson Township (low-lying road, can flood depending on water levels).
- Four Mile Road/Sutton Road US-52, Anderson Township (low lying road, can flood depending on water levels).
- Lawrenceburg Road near US-50.
- The Route 32 exit off the Beechmont Levee (closes from time to time due to high water and is a major headache for east siders).
If your commute takes you through any of these areas, it may be a good idea to take an alternate route Wednesday morning. Did we miss any common areas? Let us know where flooding always seems to happen in your neighborhood.
AAA offers these important wet-weather driving tips:
Don’t drown your car- The actual depth of standing water can be deceiving. For this reason, never drive through standing water at any depth.
See and be Seen: Make sure all headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals are working, so other drivers can see you.
Slow Down and Leave Room: Reduce the chance of hydroplaning by slowing down while driving. Also, allow enough distance between you and the car in front of you.
Do not use cruise control: To prevent loss of traction, you may need to reduce your car’s speed by lifting off the accelerator, which can’t be done when using cruise control.
Responding to a Skid: Don’t panic if the vehicle begins to skid. Continue to look and steer in the direction you are traveling. Also avoid slamming on your brakes.
You can find more wet-weather driving tips from AAA here.