High water road closures in Allen County

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Some roads throughout the area remain flooded on Friday. Drivers who find themselves in high water will need to act fast. Get everyone in the vehicle out of their seat belt and out a window onto the roof of the car.

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Police encourage stranded drivers to reach the top of the car before calling 911. Indiana State Police divers advise to only swim for it if you absolutely have to, and don’t swim against the current.

Some roads, while not closed, do have ‘High Water’ warning signs in place.

The Allen County Highway Department sent out the following list of road closures due high water : 

• West Hamilton Road north of Aboite Center Road
• Ellison Road between Branstrator Road and Liberty Mills Road
• Ellison Road between Yohne Road and Liberty Mills Road
• Houk Road between Maples Road and Rohrbach Road
• Parent Road between Hartzell Road and Maplecrest Road
• Paulding Road between Morgan Road and State Line Road
• Cook Road east of Butt Road
• Fitch Road between Coldwater Road and West Road
• Griffin Road between Auburn Road and Hollopeter Road

Tips for driving in high water, provided by the Indiana State Police.

  • Always carry a cell phone and charger.
  • Pay attention to local media reports and heed warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
  • Never drive around barricades at water crossings.
  • Be especially careful at night and early morning as it can be difficult to see water and it’s depth across the roadway.
  • Reduce your speed in rain and NEVER enter flowing water. Driving through water creates less tire contact with the road surface (hydroplaning) and increases your chance of crashing.
  • Driving through water affects your brakes reducing their effectiveness until they dry out.
  • If you end up in water, immediately abandon your vehicle, exit through a window and climb on top of your car. Call 9-1-1 from there and wait for help to arrive. Ride the top like a boat, as vehicles will often float for several minutes.
  • Be aware that road erosion can occur anytime there is running or standing water on a roadway.
  • Remember it only takes six inches of water to reach the bottoms of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.

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.

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