June 26, 2013 — As flash flood watches and warnings are in place for parts of Northwest Indiana and the Greater Chicago area, the National Weather Service forecast includes changes of rain every day for the next week.
Recent rains, including heavy rains overnight and earlier this week, led to flooding in Michigan City (shown), Valparaiso and the Region such that the Indiana Department of Transportation is warning drivers about roadway safety.
The Weather Service issued this statement today:
“…FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT /8 PM EDT/ THIS EVENING…
THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
* PORTIONS OF ILLINOIS AND INDIANA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
IN ILLINOIS… BOONE… COOK… DE KALB… DUPAGE… FORD… GRUNDY… IROQUOIS… KANE… KANKAKEE… KENDALL… LA SALLE… LAKE IL… LEE… LIVINGSTON… MCHENRY… OGLE… WILL AND WINNEBAGO.
IN INDIANA…BENTON…JASPER…LAKE IN…NEWTON AND PORTER.
* UNTIL 7 PM CDT…8 PM EDT…THIS EVENING.
* RAPID FLOODING OF CREEKS…SMALL STREAMS…ROADS…VIADUCTS…AND LOW LYING AREAS IS POSSIBLE WITH (more) THUNDERSTORMS.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.”
INDOT agrees, warning drivers to never drive through roadway flooding. It wants drivers to watch for high water and debris on roadways across Northwest Indiana where heavy rain chances continue throughout our seven-day forecast, adding to problems caused by severe storms and several inches of rain affecting the area during the past 48 hours.
INDOT says its crews are “patrolling state roads, posting high water signs or closing roads as needed, and clearing tree limbs and debris that has fallen or blown into the path of motorists. But the potential for obstructions is high and drivers should use extreme caution in these conditions.”
INDOT advises drivers to turn around to avoid driving through standing water. It reminds Hoosiers that the National Weather Service says most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. “Six inches of standing water is enough to stall a car and a foot of water will float many vehicles.”
INDOT traffic restriction information is available at www.trafficwise.IN.gov.