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Officials urging drivers to take precautions during flash flooding

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PIKE COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

You hear the warning all the time "Turn Around, Don't Drown" and now local emergency officials are urging you to take that seriously.

Evidence of what was, is still covering South Union Street in Nebo, Illinois Thursday,

Debris shows just how far Spring Creek flooded over its banks Wednesday night during the area's heavy rainfall.

Nearly 12 hours earlier, the quick rising waters were to blame for a car being stranded with 3 people inside.

"We had to get out pretty quickly or we would have been stuck in the car, it rose really fast," said Marissa Enriquez.

Enriquez was inside the car and says the speed of the current took them by surprise. Enriquez and the other 2 passengers ended up walking a quarter of mile to higher ground before help arrived.

"We reached a bank, stood there, and called 9-1-1," said Enriquez.

Even though that may sound like a dangerous idea, Emergency Management Director David Greenwood says sometimes that's your only option.

"Where they were on that little high point, just beyond that was a creek which was rushing pretty fast so it could have been pretty bad if they weren't able to get to that high point," said Greenwood.

The main point Greenwood says to remember, is to never cross a water covered road.

"It takes about 6 inches of fast moving water to wash a car aside, a lot of people don't realize that," explained Greenwood. "That's not very much."

But, if you do find yourself in a similar situation as the people were last night, Greenwood says to try and find something to keep you from being taken by the current.

"If there's a branch, if there's a tree, if you are in the water grab ahold of it and don't let go," said Greenwood.

Greenwood also says to not try and swim in floodwaters. Instead, find someplace safe to wait for help to arrive or for the water levels to go down.

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