Sandbags available in Fort Wayne, Allen County

An Allen County resident takes advantage of the free, fill-your-own sandbags.
An Allen County resident takes advantage of the free, fill-your-own sandbags.
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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.
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