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Don't Ignore Road Closure Signs

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Flooding rivers and streams across Montana is creating washed out roads and as one Park County resident found out the hard way you should never attempt to drive across roads that are under water.

According to the Park County Sheriff's Office a driver in a red pickup ignored a "Road Closed" sign and attempted to drive through Fiddle Creek Road that is washed out.

The driver has been cited for failing to obey a traffic control device.

Park County Sheriff Officer LT Tom Totland said "We close these roads for a reason and these photos illustrate that reason quite vividly."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. 

 Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

National Weather Service Flood Safety: CLICK HERE

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