Special to the Bulletin

Two motorists escaped injury Monday afternoon when their vehicles stalled in high water under the Vine Street Overpass.

A pickup and a car stalled in the water after the drivers drove around barricades, Brownwood emergency management coordinator James Cook said. The drivers scrambled to safety but had to call wreckers for their vehicles, Cook said.

“Don’t go around the barricades,” Cook said.

The National Weather Service and the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management want people to learn the dangers of driving into flooded roadways, officials said in a release from the state emergency management division.

Drivers often underestimate the power of floodwater. When there’s water running across a road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route.

Never drive into water running across a road. These are the facts:

Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. Twelve inches of water will float many cars. Two feet of rushing water will carry off pickup trucks, SUVs and most other vehicles. Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed or a missing bridge. Roads weaken under floodwater and drivers should proceed cautiously after waters have receded, since the road may collapse under the weight of the vehicle. If your car or truck stalls in floodwater, the best advice is to get out quickly and move to higher ground.

Water on a roadway can be much deeper than it appears and water levels can rise very quickly. Floodwaters erode roadways. A missing section of road — even a missing bridge — will not be visible with water running across the area.

Cars can become death traps because electric windows and door locks can short out when water reaches them, trapping occupants inside.

The “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” Web site is http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/html/tadd.shtml.