St. Louis County, MO (KSDK) - St. Louis County police are reminding citizens to stay safe this weekend during the extreme expected from Tropical Storm Isaac.
Authorities say everyone should be watchful of their surroundings, including heavy rains and high winds that could lead to flash flooding and downed wires.
Officers released the following tips:
DO NOT TAKE RISKS - Driving through standing water on a flooded street can be hazardous. Water can rise quickly on streets and roadways. The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse.
BE KEENLY AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS - Just because a road isn't closed during extreme weather does not mean it is entirely safe. The manpower of emergency responders of any organization can be deeply taxed during these times. Again, water can rise quickly on streets and roadways. Heavy winds can quickly bring down electrical or power lines.
CALL 911 IF YOU NOTICE ANY DANGEROUS SITUATION OCCURING - Because so many things can happen so quickly, carry a phone with you. Make notification to the appropriate entity if you observe any dangerous situation occurring.
Police Chief Tim Fitch says citizens should not hesitate to call 911 if they see any threatening events.