Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways Urges Caution as Winter Storm Approaches

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH) is deploying crews as a storm system moves into the region. A winter storm warning for the southern portion of the County and winter weather advisory in central and northern Cook County have been issued by the National Weather Service beginning at 3 p.m. today.

Residents should be prepared for freezing rain, snow and possible flooding as the storm moves in. DoTH offers the following reminders in case of roadway flooding:

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will cause many vehicles to float.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road as the depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. They are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If flood waters rise around your vehicle, abandon it and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.


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