Stormwater Runoff Deserves Caution

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Water left from a heavy rainstorm is causing Indiana’s Department of Transportation to issue a Friday advisory to Northwest Indiana drivers. While the storm has passed, some of the water it left is still in runoff stage.

From INDOT Friday, 4/29/13: Watch Out for High Water in Northwest Indiana, Never drive through a flooded roadway

LAPORTE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is warning drivers to be on the lookout for high water. Flooding caused by heavy rainfall over the last 48 hours has already closed some state roads in the Northwest Indiana district. The potential for more closures is increasing due to more rainfall in the forecast.
Cass County Closures:
State Road 218, east of Camden
State Road 18, between State Road 29 and U.S. 35

INDOT crews are patrolling state roads, posting high water signs or closing roads as needed. At this time high water closures on state roadways across the Northwest Indiana district are not widespread, but motorists need to practice extreme caution due to the potential for flooding.

If you come across a flooded roadway, turn around. Never drive through standing water. According to the National Weather Service 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 encourages motorists in Northwest Indiana to follow updates on high water closures or other restrictions through our social media sites. You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov. Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.


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