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Olathe Fire warns about dangers of flash flooding

Posted at 8:40 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 13:44:00-04

OLATHE, Kan. — The Olathe Fire Department is ready to go if flash flooding gets dangerous.

“We actually have our special operations group that they work here," Olathe Fire Department battalion chief Sean Brooks said. "They work with our boats we see behind us. They actually go out and they’ll rescue people,” battalion chief Sean Brooks said.

“Just the fact that a mere couple of inches of water can float any vehicle, including our large SUVs that we drive today," he said. "People need to be more aware of.”

Rescue crews want to caution kids getting out of school to stay out of local creek beds, and to also warn adults about the potential dangers in open water like lakes.

Then, there’s the trademark advice: turn around, don’t drown.

“I think that some people do take it seriously," Brooks said. "I still think that we have some people out there who need to learn a bit more about water safety and flash floods.”