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IDHS Cautioning on Potential for Flooding

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is cautioning Northwest Indiana residents of the potential for flooding in low lying areas and near creeks. IDHS Director of Emergency Response and Recovery, Arvin Copeland, says while Spring is usually when flooding issues occur, “the recent amounts of heavy rain is putting some Hoosiers at risk...and it is important to use common sense when dealing with flood water and take every measure to stay safe.”
If you live near bodies of water (ponds, rivers, streams, etc.)
  • Be aware that water levels can change rapidly and flooding can begin with little or no warning.
  • Monitor local weather and river forecasts and keep an eye on any waterways along roads near your residence.
  • Consider evacuating in advance of flooding if you think rising water may cut off your access routes to and from home.
On the road...
  • Never attempt to cross a flooded road, even if it seems shallow. Water can conceal dips, or worse, flood waters can damage roadways, washing away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground.
  • Do not drive around barricades at water crossings.  They are there to protect the public.  Disregarding warning signs and attempting to cross flooded roads endangers everyone in the vehicle as well as the first responders who may need to come to the aid of those that are stranded. 
  • Remember, just a few inches of moving water is enough to carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-up trucks.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize high water danger.
For more flood safety tips, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.
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