Flooding - How to Deal with It
June 22, 2010
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With all of the rain in the past week, flooding is becoming a primary concern for Indiana. In the next 2-5 days, rivers are expected to reach levels not seen since June 2008 after the major flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ike. In addition to the longer-term flooding, flash flooding can (and currently is) happening all around Indiana, so here are some tips to keep you safe.
Flood Watch: Conditions to have a flood in your area are favorable.
Flood Warning: A flood is occurring or is likely to occur soon.
- Get to higher ground.
- Evacuate your house if flooding is possible.
- Know your town and make sure you know alternate escape routes in case one is blocked.
- Take pets with you if you evacuate. However, many shelters usually do NOT allow pets inside due to sanitary conditions so plan accordingly.
- Do NOT try and drive through water. As little as 2 feet can cause most cars to float, and as little as a few inches of moving water can wash most cars away with the current.
- Don't try and drive through rushing water over a roadway, it is very dangerous and can easily sweep your car away.
- Do NOT try to cross moving water on foot. As little as a few inches can knock you off your feet.
- Watch TV or listen to the radio to find out what actions to take next.
Some great resources can be found on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's website: http://www.in.gov/dhs/2791.htm.