INDOT Warns of High Water, Potholes
February 20th – Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) are warning motorists to be on the lookout for standing water and potholes as warmer weather causes snow to melt on region roadways. INDOT officials say when the two problems combine, and a large pothole is covered by standing water, motorists can be caught off guard and sustain vehicle damage. INDOT says through February 1st, patching crews had used more than 7,200 tons of pothole patching mix statewide during fiscal year 2014. That’s 1,000 tons more than INDOT’s 5 year average for an entire fiscal year.
High water is also creating problems across the region. Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, combined with several feet of melting snow has already closed the U.S. 20 Bypass Eastbound lanes, just west of Michigan Street.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) 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. The NWS campaign “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” urges motorists to never attempt to drive through flood waters.