As the potential for heavy rains increases, motorists are reminded on ways to stay safe during flooding.

Flash flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in Texas, and as little as six inches of water can float some vehicles.

TxDOT Lubbock District Engineer Douglas Eichorst said “The incredible power of water is unrealized by most motorists during flooding conditions.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half of all flood-related drowning occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.

TxDOT reminds all motorists to never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift water, stay informed about weather conditions while driving, and if your vehicle stalls in deep water, leave it and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.

It is also illegal to move, tamper with, or drive around barriers blocking a low-water crossing. Penalties range from $200 to $1,000 and two years in jail.

As always, as weather conditions change, KFYO will keep you updated.