Tips for driving on flooded roadways

From the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:

With continued rain and flooding, drivers are cautioned to be watchful for flooded roadways, especially after dark and during a morning commute before daylight.

"Driving can be especially dangerous at night and in the early morning when lower visibility makes it much more difficult to see flooded roadways," said Indiana Department of Homeland Security Executive Director Joe Wainscott. "Roads that were not flooded before may have started to flood. Avoid the temptation to assume that previously un-flooded roads have remained passable. Flood waters are much harder to see in the dark and all drivers should proceed with caution."

Residents should also be aware of rising water levels in nearby ponds, rivers, streams, and other bodies of water since these changing conditions are more difficult to see when it's dark. Pay attention to local media or an all hazards alert radio and heed all flood and flash flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

Avoid driving in flooded areas if you can. If you must drive, be sure to carry a cell phone with a car charger.

When in flooded areas:

  • Turn around, don't drown. Do not cross or enter flowing water.
  • If there is no other route, proceed to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside.
  • If you find yourself stranded in flood waters, remain calm and call 911 or yell for help.

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