During the summer, very humid air masses can lead to rain falling in buckets. This torrential activity can lead to localized flooding, especially for areas that see repeated rounds. This brings me to my point: Crossing a flooded road is very dangerous. Folks will drive into standing water, thinking it’s not too deep, and the next thing you know, the car is floating. Please heed the National Weather Service slogan, “Turn around, don’t drown.” Flooding accounts for the highest percentage of thunderstorm-related fatalities on a yearly basis, most of which occur in vehicles (NWS - Flood Safety).
During heavy rains and flooding, it’s very difficult to judge the actual depth of the water or even the structural integrity of the road underneath. Is there even a road still there?! You can see in the infographic from the NWS below how dangerous moving water is. Six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet. Twelve inches can float a small car. Eighteen to twenty-four will float an SUV/truck. Even if it takes extra time to get to your destination, it is ALWAYS worth that time to find an alternative route!