(SOUTHWEST) – With several snow and rain events in the past few weeks, the Indiana Department of Transportation reminds motorists to watch for flooding on state highways.
With the ground coming off of a deep freeze coupled with rain and the aftermath of several snow events, the level of many of our waterways will begin to rise above flood stage. In the southwestern district, the most common places for flooding are along the Ohio River in the southern portion of the district and along the White River in the eastern and central parts of the district. As of Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 3:45 p.m. no flooding is being reported on state roads. However, The Ohio River at Tell City is expected to reach flood stage (38 ft) mid-day Friday, Feb. 8 and continue to rise to 39.6 ft or higher.
White River 2-6-19
Likewise, The White River at Edwardsport is expected to reach flood stage (15 ft) and continue to rise to 23.6 ft by Feb. 11 before cresting.
INDOT will monitor all roads and post-flooding updates to our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. The information is also available via the INDOT mobile app for Apple and Android devices or from a traditional computer at indot.carsprogram.org.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown
Remember, if you encounter water over the roadway turn around; never drive through floodwaters. Just a few inches of water is enough to cause a vehicle to stall and float. This could be a very dangerous and potentially deadly situation. Never drive around signs or barricades to attempt to navigate a flooded road. Drivers who do can face fines and other legal matters on top of potentially losing their vehicle in the water.
If you do encounter a flooded road without warning, please call our customer service line at 1-855-INDOT4U (463-6848) and report it.
Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.
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