Westfield Fire Department reminds residents to not drive or walk through flooded roads

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The national weather service declared a flash flood warning for parts of western Massachusetts. 

Westfield saw some flooding last week during a storm. Westfield Deputy Fire Chief Seth Ellis told 22News that residents need to be aware of these conditions, and the dangers they pose. 

He said six inches of moving flood waters can sweep an adult right off their feet. They move quickly and can pick up rocks and large pieces of wood. 

Ellis also said it can be dangerous to drive through flood waters because you can’t tell how deep it is. 

But, if you do get stuck driving in a flash flood, Ellis said the first thing to do is to roll down your vehicle’s windows so you can escape. 

Ellis said, “People think they’ll be able to get the door open but they can’t because there’s that much pressure on it. Remember, water weighs a little over 8 pounds per gallon and when that’s moving, with speed, it’s a lot of weight.”

Westfield experiences consistent flooding in the East Main Street area, as well as low lying areas along the city’s rivers.

Ellis added if you do get stuck, call 911 immediately.

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