INDIANAPOLIS — Warmer weather has begun to melt the snow covering northern Indiana and rain in the forecast later this week is creating flooding concerns.
The Indiana State Police have released a list of safety tips for drivers attempting to navigate wet or partly-flooded roadways.
• 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 or early morning as it can be difficult to see water and judge its depth across the roadway.
• Reduce your speed in rain and never enter flowing water. Driving through water reduces tire contact with the road surface (hydroplaning) and increases your chance of crashing.
• Driving through water makes your vehicle's brakes less effective until they dry out.
• If your vehicle ends up submerged in water, immediately exit the vehicle through a window and climb on top of your car. Call 911 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 6 inches of water to reach the bottom of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.