Australia Stop driving through floodwaters: Vic SES

14:35  19 june  2017
14:35  19 june  2017 Source:   MSN

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It takes driving through just 15 centimetres of water to sweep a small car into floodwaters, Victoria's State Emergency Service says.

The rescue agency's new '15 To Float' campaign warns motorists of the danger of driving into floodwaters - which it says is becoming increasingly prevalent.

"Over the last nine months we've seen over 100 vehicles that have ended up in floodwaters where our SES volunteers have had to undertake a rescue," Tim Weibusch from SES Victoria said on Monday.

"Fatalities in flooding are on the increase as a result of vehicles entering floodwater."

In terms of natural hazards, floods are the second highest killers in Australia, behind heatwaves.

The SES says just 15cms of water is enough to make a small car float and drift away in floodwaters, while 45cms of water will do the same for a 4WD.

The advertising campaign includes a video showing a small hatchback floating in 15cm of water and only needing a tiny push to start travelling a significant distance.

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