I typically try not to judge or say mean things – but I have to make an exception for the driver of the truck who got stuck out on a flooded Richland County road and put himself and two of his friends in harm’s way. Dude…WTF?
Luckily the young man and his friends were okay, but it took the time and energy of county resources and a rescue team to ensure that. I know that young people sometimes do foolish things, but joyriding on flooded roads isn’t just foolish – it is downright stupid and potentially very dangerous.
Here is what I think about when I hear these things – a scenario that could have ended quite a bit differently and forever impacted all the young men’s families, the community, the NDSCS campus and the rescue personnel. Flooded roads can be much more dangerous than they appear. I urge folks (particularly young people who seem to believe they are impervious to harm) to make smart risk choices, don’t take a chance with your life for a joyride. There will be no joy for those who remain and have to ride to visit you at your grave site.
Stay off of the flooded roads and use extra caution as you drive about the area. Don’t put yourself unnecessarily in harm’s way and don’t put rescuers in harm’s way because you didn’t think through the consequences. These stories too often don’t have happy endings. When you come to a flooded road remember the flooded road warning, “Turn around don’t drown.” Manage your risk responsibly so the rest of us don’t have to mourn your untimely loss.
Day six hundred and thirty-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da