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ISP: Motorists should be aware of flash flooding

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The soaking rainfall which began Wednesday and is expected to continue has increased the possibility for flooding, the Indiana State Police said.

Motorists should use caution as flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly.

The ISP is accordingly offering these flood safety tips.

* Donít 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 or 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.

* 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 find yourself stranded in flood waters remain calm and call 911. If you can do so safely move to higher ground.


Posted 10/31/2013