Newton Fire/EMS officials are warning residents about the dangers of floodwaters as more heavy rain is expected to fall in our area.
Emergency crews have performed many water rescues and evacuations throughout Harvey County over the past several days, and high water continues to make reaching some residences a challenge. Fire/EMS crews expect to respond to even more water-related calls in the next few days.
Residents are reminded that flash floods may occur rapidly and without warning. Driving through a flooded roadway is highly dangerous, especially if the water is moving. It only takes one foot of water to float most vehicles, and two feet of rushing water can sweep vehicles – even pick-ups and SUVs – off the road.
Existing bodies of water, such as ponds, creeks and drainage ditches, are especially dangerous right now. Moving water is deceptively fast – coupled with slippery banks and submerged debris, being caught in swift water is a life-threatening event.
“We have seen children playing around area creeks today, and we need people to understand how dangerous that is,” Deputy Chief Scott Metzler said.
Newton Fire/EMS crews will continue to monitor weather conditions over the next several days in an effort to anticipate water-related challenges and prepare emergency responses.
The flood gates in Halstead were to be closed Wednesday morning as flood waters rose. These are a variety of photos taken Wednesday night of the two main entrances to Halstead from U.S. Highway 50.