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This April 19, 2013, photo shows high water on Chicago Avenue in Goshen. (J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth, File)
Indiana State Police offer tips for navigating wet, flooded roadways

Posted on Feb. 19, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.

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.