Temperatures in northwest Indiana have increased and with the chance of rain this weekend brings the chance of minor street and localized flooding. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says, at this time, forecasts do not predict the significant flooding that some parts of the state experienced last month, but some localized flooding, especially in low lying areas, may occur this weekend. A flood warning for the Kankakee River at Shelby has been issued from Saturday morning until further notice.
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.