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Navigating troubled waters

Tom Jackson • Feb 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM

The Huron County Health Department is reminding everyone to never drive into flooded roadways and to never walk through flowing water.

The reminder comes as authorities warn that melting snow is creating a flooding hazard in the area.

And it’s a warning that has particular resonance in Huron County.

On Feb. 28, 2011, Lisa Roswell, 51, North Fairfield, drowned as floodwaters submerged her car at South Norwalk Road and Ohio 61. A nurse, Roswell had been attempting to drive to her job at North Coast Cancer Center in Sandusky.

Flooding kills almost 100 people in the U.S. every year, according to a news release issued by Kayla Porter, Huron County Public Health’s spokeswoman.

The news release notes that many people died in flooded roadways and that people should never drive onto a flooded road but should heed the advice, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

Porter also reminded local residents not to walk through streams of floodwater. Six inches of flowing water can knock a person off their feet; if you have to walk through water, choose a place where the water is not moving and use a stick to check the firmness of the ground.

Several roads in Erie County were reported closed Friday, including roads in Berlin Township, Florence Township and Groton Township.

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