Friday, May 31, 2013

You Can’t Reason With Mother Nature

The overnight rain caused havoc here and there around the metro area.  In Overland Park officers were busy answering their normal calls for service, but Mother Nature proved to be as formidable opponent as any bad guy on the street.

The officers were kept busiest between the hours of 5 am and 7 am.  They responded to 44 motorist assist calls for drivers who made the mistake of driving into water covered roadways, 5 accident calls, 2 fire calls and 2 calls for flooded basements.  As with any call for help, the officers rolled up their sleeves, or maybe pant legs, and dove right in.

They were definitely busy, but you could help them out:

  • During times of heavy rain and reduced visibility, slow down and increase your following distance.  This will help you reduce your chance of being involved in an accident.
  • If the roadway is covered in water, don’t drive through it.  It only takes 6 inches of moving water to move a car.

  • The rushing water might look like fun, but it is not the time to go white water rafting.

With more rain forecasted this afternoon you can bet those officers who did have to spend hours in the rain are hoping their boots will be dry before their next shift starts.