FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Allen County Highway Department is offering free sandbags at its Highway Department Barns.
The fill-them-yourself bags and sand are available until further notice at:
- North Facility, 2234 Carroll Road.
- South Facility, 8317 East Tillman Road.
Sandbags are available on a first-come basis and those interested will need to bring their own shovel.
The City of Fort Wayne will also be opening sandbag stations at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the following locations:
- Northside Park parking lot, 2400 Parnell Avenue.
- Ash Centre parking lot, 1701 Freeman Street.
Residents will also need to bring their own shovels for these locations.
Flood Safety Tip from the American Red Cross
- Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)
- When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
Driving tips from the Indiana State Police
- Don’t 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.
- Don’t cross or enter flowing water. Driving fast through high water on roads 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.