Why do people risk driving through floodwater?
If you’ve turned on the news this week you’d see plenty of videos of cars submerged or people getting stuck. NSW has faced an extreme weather event with flooding affecting large parts of the state. So, have you ever faced a slightly flooded road and pondered about how risky it is to drive through? A SES campaign highlights how it only takes 15cm of water -that is the average size of a pen- for a small care to float.
So, why do people continue to take the risk of traveling through floodwaters?
To find out we spoke with Macquarie University research fellow and emergency risk management and resilience expert Andrew Gissing.
You can read his article in the Macquarie University’s publication The Lighthouse ‘Drivers risk death when driving into flood water: study‘