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State urges resident to be aware of weather-related dangers

February 20, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to be aware of the possibility for strong storms this evening followed by flooding in some areas.

The National Weather Service predicts the storms could contain damaging winds, lightning and periods of moderate to heavy rain. The combination of melting snow, rain, and a deeply frozen ground may cause flooding beginning tonight.

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.

If you live near bodies of water (ponds, rivers, streams, etc.)

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.
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.

For more information on flooding and severe weather preparation, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.

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