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According to the NWS, a flood warning is in effect for Denton County until Sunday afternoon

On Friday at 2:39 p.m., the National Weather Service issued an updated flood warning that is valid until Sunday at 3 p.m.

Light flooding is occurring and Denton Creek near Justin is forecast to experience light flooding through Sunday afternoon.

“Moderate flooding begins at 15.0 feet. Water is beginning to cover portions of FM 407 north of the creek and Tim Donald Rd south of the creek,” the NWS says. “Do not drive through flooded areas. Use caution when walking near stream banks.”

This warning is valid until Sunday 3 p.m.

Here’s how to stay safe during a flood, according to the NWS

If you live in a flood-prone area or are currently camping in a low-lying area, it is important to seek higher ground immediately. If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately. Make sure your home is securely locked when you leave the property. If time permits, disconnect utilities and appliances. Avoid entering basements or rooms with submerged electrical outlets or cords. If you notice sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, popping, or banging noises, evacuate immediately. Do not enter water that may be live or walk through floodwater. Remember that as little as 6 inches of running water can knock you over. If you are trapped in running water, seek the highest possible point and call 911.

Flooding can occur during heavy rain, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Never drive through water on the road, even if it doesn’t appear deep. According to the NWS, just 12 inches of water is enough to sweep away most cars.

What to do when it rains on the street?

• Turn on your headlights – Even in daylight, you can use your headlights to improve your visibility and signal your presence to other drivers.

• On the road: Use the middle lanes and stay on high ground. Rainwater tends to collect at the edges of the road.

• Avoid puddles – Driving into puddles or areas with little rain water can cause the vehicle to hydroplan or lose control.

• Do not drive too close to large vehicles. Trucks or buses can cause water spray that obscures visibility.

• Avoid flooded areas – If you encounter a flooded road, turn around and back off. The strong currents of flash floods can push drivers off the road. Driving through deep water can also damage a vehicle’s mechanical and electrical systems.

What is aquaplaning?

Aquaplaning occurs when a vehicle slides uncontrollably on a wet road.

This happens when water builds up in front of the tire faster than the weight of the vehicle can push it out of the way. The water pressure then causes the vehicle to rise and slide on a thin layer of water between the tire and the road, causing the driver to lose control. The three most common causes of hydroplaning are:

1. Vehicle speed – As the speed of a vehicle increases, the grip of the tires and the ability to control the vehicle decreases. Drive at reduced speeds in wet weather.

2. Water depth – The deeper the water, the faster a vehicle will lose traction. It doesn’t matter how deep the water is, even a thin layer can cause hydroplaning.

3. Tire tread depth – It is important to check tire tread before hitting the road as low or no tread can cause skidding.

If your vehicle experiences aquaplaning, here’s what you should know:

• Release the accelerator pedal – Release the accelerator to slow the vehicle until the tires gain traction.

• Spin into a skid – Spin into a skid can help realign the vehicle’s tires and regain control.

• Make sure the tires are back in contact with the road – During a skid, wait until the tires are back in contact with the road and then carefully straighten the wheels to regain control.

• Brake gently when necessary – brake normally if the vehicle has anti-lock braking systems and pump the brakes gently if it is an older vehicle.

Source: National Weather Service