WATER OVER ROAD, HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN WEST MOBILE COUNTY
MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, 1 p.m., Hurricane Ida Update) – Mobile County Department of Public Works is in the process of installing “water over road” signage on Newman Road between Airport Boulevard and Busby Road in west Mobile County, since the road is currently impassable.
There are also several additional areas with an inch or more of water over the roadway, which makes driving hazardous:
- Airport Boulevard west of Johnson Road
- Gaston Loop at Tom Gaston Road
- Cat Deakle Road west of Gaston Loop Road
- Tanner Williams Road at Hubert Pierce Road
Public Works will place “water over road” signage at the beginning and end of areas of hazard, though water may not be continuously over the road between the signs.
Conditions remain hazardous throughout the County. Mobile County Department of Public Works recommends that residents stay off the roadways unless travel is necessary until the outer bands of Hurricane Ida subside.
Residents are urged to use caution as more roads in Mobile County may experience similar conditions.
Play it smart. Play it safe. Whether walking or driving - anytime there is water over a roadway TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN™.
Turn Around Don’t Drown™ safety tips from National Weather Service:
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways – you do not know the condition of the road under the water.
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and your car can be quickly swept away.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling
- A foot of water will float many vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-up trucks.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood waters.