DHS provides safety tips for potential flooding

Standing water near Hightech Signs on Huguenard Road
Standing water near Hightech Signs on Huguenard Road

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security wants you to prepared for potential flooding in Indiana on Thursday.

The DHS provided the following tips on how you can prepare for the potential flooding:

At home

  • Make sure cell phones and other electronic devices are fully charged in case of a power outage.
  • Be ready to take shelter in your home, place of work or other location if the need arises, preferably in the lowest level of a building away from windows and doors.

On the road

  • Never attempt to cross a flooded road, even if it seems shallow. Water can conceal dips, or worse, flood waters can damage roadways, washing away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground.
  • Do not drive around barricades at water crossings. They are there to protect the public. Disregarding warning signs and attempting to cross flooded roads endangers everyone in the vehicle as well as the first responders who may need to come to the aid of those that are stranded.
  • Remember, just a few inches of moving water is enough to carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-up trucks.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize high water danger.

If you live near bodies of water

  • Monitor local weather and river forecasts and keep an eye on any waterways along roads near your residence.
  • Water levels can change rapidly and flooding can begin with little or no warning.
  • Consider evacuating in advance of flooding if you think rising water may cut off your access routes to and from home.

Click here to see a list of places you can get sandbags in northeast Indiana.

For more information on flooding and severe weather preparation, click here.

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