(UNDATED) – Indiana Conservation Officers urge Hoosiers to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when it comes to floodwaters. Over the past few weeks, Indiana has received significant rainfall amounts in some areas, flooding roadways.
Many law enforcement agencies have responded to multiple calls for water rescues involving vehicles driving into floodwaters over the last few weeks. With anticipated precipitation still headed our way, drivers must remember to not risk their lives and instead turn around and seek alternative travel routes.
Hoosiers are also urged to abide by the posted road-closed signs and barricades. In many instances, drivers have put themselves and their passengers in danger by driving around such signs and ending up stranded in floodwaters.
Drivers need to be mindful of the many hidden dangers lurking in that floodwater. Moving water can cause some roads to buckle and wash out. The current can also cause your vehicle to be swept off the roadway.
If you do find yourself stranded in your vehicle in floodwaters, there are basic safety tips to remember:
- Remove your seatbelt.
- Remove the seatbelts of all occupants starting oldest to youngest.
- Roll down windows.
- Climb onto roof of the vehicle.
- Call 911 from the vehicle roof
More information on flooding safety is at dhs.IN.gov/2791.htm.