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Several Roads Flooded In Southwestern Indiana
Updated May 5, 2017 3:38 PM | Filed under: Transportation
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(UNDATED) - If you're traveling this weekend, remember to plan accordingly. Heavy rains throughout the week have left several roads in Southwest Indiana flooded.

As of this writing, the state highways listed below are closed due to high water in southwest Indiana. Local roads maintained by cities, towns and counties may be flooded as well and not reflected in this list:


  • State Road 43 in Greene and Owen counties between S.R. 54 and S.R. 48

  • S.R. 58 in Knox and Daviess counties between S.R. 59 and S.R. 57

  • S.R. 65 in Gibson County between S.R. 64 and S.R. 56

  • S.R. 145 in Perry County Between I-64 and S.R. 64

  • S.R. 157 in Greene County between S.R. 67 and S.R. 54

  • S.R. 358 in Knox County From S.R. 67 to S.R. 57

  • S.R. 257 in Daviess and Pike counties between U.S. 50 and S.R. 356

  • S.R. 450 in Lawrence and Martin counties between S.R. 158 and U.S. 50


For updates to this list, follow INDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and Twitter at www.twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest.

Turn around, don't drown!
Driving into flood waters is one of the most dangerous things drivers can do behind the wheel. Never drive through flooded roadways, especially if the water is moving rapidly, and never drive around barriers warning that the road is flooded.

When encountering a flooded roadway, death and vehicle damage can be prevented by following the simple advice to "Turn around, don't drown!" According to the National Weather Service, more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. Flash floods and floods are the number one cause of deaths associated with thunderstorms, with more than 90 fatalities each year.

The weight of a vehicle in high water will not always keep tires in contact with the road. The water is likely to be deeper than it appears, and it is possible that the roadway could be completely washed out. In addition, most cars can be swept away in less than two feet of moving water. Trucks and SUVs do not fare much better, even with additional clearance. Once a car is buoyant, the force of moving water can push vehicles sideways or upside down, giving passengers little time to escape.

Rules of the road for safe driving
Always turn on your vehicle's headlights when windshield wipers are needed. If you need windshield wipers to help see the road and other vehicles, help other drivers see your vehicle by using headlights and tail lights. Likewise, always use turn signals when turning or changing lanes - especially when weather reduces visibility.

Prevent hydroplaning on wet roads by:


  • Properly inflating tires

  • Maintaining good tire tread

  • Reducing your speed

  • Avoiding puddles and standing water

  • Stopping and turning slowly

  • Driving in the tire tracks of the car in front of you

  • Turning off cruise control

  • When storms cause power outages, traffic signals are affected. Report power and signal outages and treat these intersections as all-way stops.

Know before you go
Pay attention to local weather forecasts before driving and avoid planning trips during inclement weather conditions, if possible. Plan your route and be aware of any weather-related hazards or closures on state roads and U.S. highways by using http://indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.


Stay Informed
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.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new.

Follow @INDOTSouthwest on Twitter and at Facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict.



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