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Opinion

April 2, 2014

Be prepared for flooding

The National Weather Service reports central Indiana and the Kokomo area can expect rain today through Friday afternoon.

A lot of rain, actually. Some locales could see as much as 4 inches.

Lowland river flooding might occur, the weather service warns. And if it does, residents should anticipate overflow on some roads, farmland and even in a few residential areas.

Local and state authorities warn motorists to be cautious when there’s flooding on roads and highways. Flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly.

Indiana State Police offer a few flood safety tips:

• Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary. If you have to travel, carry a cellphone with a car charger.

• Purchase a weather scanner and heed all flood and flash flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

• Do not drive around barricades at water crossings.

• Be especially vigilant at night. Many drowning deaths occur at night when it is difficult to see water crossings.

• Do not cross or enter flowing water. Driving fast through high water on the road is not a solution. Faster speeds create less tire contact with the road surface and increase your chance of crashing.

• Driving through standing water may affect your brakes. Test your brakes at low speeds as soon as you exit the water.

• If you choose to abandon your vehicle, respect the force of the water flow – you may be swept off your feet. After you exit the vehicle, seek higher ground.

• Be aware that road erosion may occur when there is running or standing water.

Remember that 6 inches of water will reach the bottoms of most car doors. One foot of water will float many vehicles, and 2 feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles. If you find yourself stranded in flood waters, remain calm and call 911. If you can do so safely, move to higher ground.

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