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Cleaning out storm drains helps prevent flooding

Statement as issued Friday by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:

With snow finally melting from the January 5 winter storm and the chance for rain this weekend, Hoosiers may have to deal with minor street and localized flooding.

So far, National Weather Service forecasts do not predict the significant flooding that some parts of the state experienced last month. However, some localized flooding, especially in low lying areas, may occur as soon as this weekend.

Residents can help prevent street flooding by making sure storm drains are not blocked by snow or debris.

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

• Be aware that water levels can change rapidly and flooding can begin with little or no warning.

• Monitor local weather and river forecasts and keep an eye on any waterways along roads near your residence.

• 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 flood safety tips, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.

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