News release from Indiana State Police
(Versailles, Ind.) - With the record rainfalls the area has been experiencing over the last couple of weeks, the rivers, creeks, and other local streams are overflowing. This flooding has threatened roadways throughout the area in several counties. If you live in a flood-prone area or if you are driving and come across water standing or running across the roadway, driving through these flooded areas can be extremely dangerous. Your Indiana State Police offer the following flood safety tips:
• Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. If you have to travel, 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, respect the force of the water flow, you may 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 which can cause your vehicle to become stuck.
• 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.
If you do get stuck or find yourself stranded in flood waters, remain calm. Call 911 if you can and seek higher ground.