Police Issue Flooding Cautions for Thursday
October 31, 2013 — Indiana State Police are advising drivers that drenching rain is in the weather forecast throughout today for northern Indiana.
It cautions that heavy rainfall increases the possibility for flooding as streams and rivers overflow their banks, such that flash floods can occur rapidly and unexpectedly.
It reminds Hoosiers that flash flooding can occur after a few minutes of heavy rain fall or after hours of significant precipitation, as occurred overnight, “Hoosiers who live in flood prone areas should always be conscious of the threat of flash floods when receiving significant rainfall.”
The Indiana State Police offer the following flood safety tips:
• Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary. If you have to travel, then carry a cell phone with a car charger.
• Purchase a weather scanner and heed all flood and flash flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
• Do not drive around barricades at water crossings.
• Be especially vigilant at night. Many drowning deaths occur at night when it is difficult to see water crossings.
• Do not cross or enter flowing water. Driving fast through high water on the road is not a solution. Faster speeds create less tire contact with the road surface and increase your chance of crashing.
• Driving through standing water may affect your brakes. Test your brakes at low speeds as soon as you exit the water.
• If you choose to abandon your vehicle, then respect the force of the water flow; you could be swept off your feet. After you exit the vehicle seek higher ground.
• Be aware that road erosion may occur when there is running or standing water.
• Remember that six inches of water will reach the bottoms of most car doors. One foot of water will float many vehicles, and two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles.
ISP instructs that if you find yourself stranded in flood waters remain calm and call 911, and if you can do so safely, then move to higher ground.