Flooded Roads A Threat, Police Offer Safety Tips

April 4, 2014
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Indiana State Police divers demonstrate the proper way to exit a vehicle that has crashed into the water.

Indiana State Police divers demonstrate the proper way to exit a vehicle that has crashed into the water.

With another inch to half inch of rain expected Friday, flooding continues to be a threat to local commuters.

Officials in Franklin County say many local roads are flooded in certain areas including St. Mary’s Road west of Levee Road which is closed. Other counties in the region have reported water covered roads.

Area drivers are encouraged to review safety tips courtesy of 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.

If you find yourself stranded in water, act fast. Get yourself and everyone in your vehicle out of their seatbelt and out a window onto the roof of the car.

Remember; call 9-1-1 after you reach the top of your vehicle. Indiana State Police divers advise to only swim for it if you absolutely have to, and don’t swim against the current.

Make sure you’re a survivor, not a victim.

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