PennDOT cautions motorists to never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.
It may be necessary for PennDOT personnel and contractors to enter onto private property to carry out the emergency repairs necessary to protect damaged highways and bridges and to re-open closed roads. Property owners may be contacted by PennDOT requesting authorization to enter their property for this reason. The cooperation of the public is appreciated, as it greatly expedites PennDOT’s flood recovery efforts. Without the cooperation of the private landowners, many of these emergency projects could be delayed for up to a year.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
Additonal resources on flooding can be found on PA READY and PA Department of Insurance.
Please, be safe. If a road is flooded, don't try to drive through it. #TurnAroundDontDrown