WARSAW — The threat of potential flooding is expected to continue through the weekend in northern parts of the state and Indiana Law enforcement is warning of the danger of driving through streets with standing water.
Many law enforcement agencies have responded to multiple calls for water rescues involving vehicles driving into floodwaters over the last few weeks. With anticipated precipitation still headed our way, drivers must remember to not risk their lives and instead turn around and seek alternative travel routes.
Hoosiers are also urged to abide by the posted road-closed signs and barricades. In many instances, drivers have put themselves and their passengers in danger by driving around such signs and ending up stranded in floodwaters.
Drivers need to be mindful of the many hidden dangers lurking in that floodwater. Moving water can cause some roads to buckle and wash out. The current can also cause your vehicle to be swept off the roadway.
The following tips are offered for motorists who find themselves surrounded by flood waters:
- Remove your seatbelt. Remove the seatbelts of all occupants starting oldest to youngest.
- Roll down windows.
- Climb onto the roof of the vehicle.
- Call 911 from the vehicle roof.
- Find more information on flooding safety here.
The flood warning has been extended for numerous rivers in the region, including Tippecanoe River which passes through Fulton, Kosciusko and Marshall counties.
The National Weather Service predicts cool dry weather through Sunday, but a chance of rain is in the forecast for Monday through Thursday.