The City of Hays wants to confirm its Citizens are aware of the dangers associated with stormwater. According to the National Weather Service, as little as 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. During and after rainfall, make sure you and your children stay away from the swift moving waters in the City’s stormwater drainage areas. Examples of these drainage areas include Chetolah Creek, Skyline Draw, and Lincoln Draw, but many other areas also carry stormwater after a rain event. The City’s storm drainage areas are not intended for recreation and can pose potential life and safety threats as they carry stormwater through the City south to Big Creek.
A similar safety threat exists when streets become covered by flood waters. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars. The City of Hays has installed street signs alerting residents in multiple areas prone to street flooding. Please use caution in these areas and in any area where street flooding is occurring. Flood waters are never safe to drive or walk through. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.