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Here’s what to do if you get stuck on a flooded road

2-4 inches expected during first wave of rain
Posted: 6:51 AM, Feb 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-20 12:51:21Z
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Flooding remains a concern over the next few days as heavy rain moves through the area. Officials have cautioned drivers to be aware of possible high water on roads.

The first of two waves of rain moved in Wednesday, prompting a Flash Flood Watch across most of Tennessee.

If you get stuck on a flooded road and need help, call 911 if it's an emergency. You can also dial Star 847 on your cell phone and that will connect you with the nearest Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatch center.

Tennessee Department of Transportation crews started clearing storm drains last week to help keep roads from flooding. They also have crews on call ready to respond to help drivers if needed.

“If you see signs for up for high water, don't try it, it’s very serious, we aren't putting those up for show, they’re to alert you of a dangerous condition,” said TDOT district operations supervisor, Greg Woerdeman.

THP troopers will also be out monitoring roads.

Officials say drivers need to keep their lights and windshield wipers on at all times. If conditions get really bad, just stay home.

Metro officials say they don’t anticipate having to activate the city’s Emergency Operations Center, but they’re ready to go if necessary.