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Safety Tips for Driving in High Water Conditions

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(Photo Courtesy of Indiana State Police)
Indiana State Police have released a number of safety tips for motorists in the event a flash flood occurs. Authorities say if you should happen to find yourself stranded in water to act fast and get yourself and anyone else in the vehicle out a window and onto the roof. Since Wednesday night, State Police have rescued a number of people from vehicles downstate who were stranded in their vehicle which had stalled due to high water on roadways.
The Indiana State Police offers the following flood safety tips.
•Always carry a cell phone and charger.
•Pay attention to local media reports and heed warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
•Never drive around barricades at water crossings.
•Be especially careful at night and early morning as it can be difficult to see water and it’s depth across the roadway.
•Reduce your speed in rain and NEVER enter flowing water. Driving through water creates less tire contact with the road surface (hydroplaning) and increases your chance of crashing.
•Driving through water affects your brakes reducing their effectiveness until they dry out.
•If you end up in water, immediately abandon your vehicle, exit through a window and climb on top of your car. Call 911 from there and wait for help to arrive. Ride the top like a boat, as vehicles will often float for several minutes.
•Be aware that road erosion can occur anytime there is running or standing water on a roadway.
•Remember it only takes six inches of water to reach the bottoms of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.
The National Weather Service in Chicago reports a flood warning continues for the Kankakee River at Shelby until further notice and a flood warning begins tomorrow through Tuesday morning for the Kankakee River at Davis Route 30.


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