The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to practice safety as rainfall and flooding issues continue throughout the state.
Many counties in the state are under a flood watch or warning, and motorists are encouraged to turn around and find an alternate route if a road is closed or covered with water.
In areas where flooding is already underway:
-Do not walk or drive through flooded areas.
-Flood waters can hide a washed out road or walkway.
-A few inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry away an adult.
-A foot of fast-moving water can carry away a small car.
-Two feet of fast-moving water can carry away larger vehicles such as SUVs, vans or trucks.
-If a road is closed, obey traffic signs and find another route.
-Follow the directions of public safety officials. That includes evacuation orders, road closures or requests to stay at home or stay away from certain areas. Public officials give orders for public well-being. Follow their guidance.
If needed, and if conditions are safe, clear any debris that may obstruct water flow or drainage near storm sewer drains. High amounts of debris can impede the flow of water and contribute to flooding in residential areas, roads or other areas. Using a rake or shovel, clear storm drains while avoiding contact with flood water.
Contact local emergency management officials if any large obstructions are seen in rivers or creeks. Be patient, as it may take time for the issue to be addressed. If the issue is on private property, removal may fall on the property owner.
Flooding conditions can escalate quickly, so it is important to stay up to date on current weather conditions.
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