With heavy rains moving through East Texas today, the National Weather Service and the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas Department of Public Safety continue to urge Texans to avoid low water crossings and driving on flooded roadways.

Many flood-related injuries and deaths could be avoided if drivers would turn around and choose a different route when they see water across a road. When there’s water running across a road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route. These are the facts:

Six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide.

Twelve inches of water can float many cars. Two feet of rushing water will carry off pick-up trucks, SUVs and most other vehicles.

Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed or a missing bridge.

In flash floods, waters rise so rapidly they may be far deeper by the time you are halfway across, trapping you in your vehicle.