Emergency Management, Highway Crews Monitoring Weather

(BEDFORD) – Local emergency officials are worried about the danger of heavy rains in the next few days.

The National Weather Service predicts three to four inches of rain in our area from Thursday through Sunday.

Emergency Management Director Valerie Luchauer says with the already saturated ground, that brings the potential for significant flooding and trees falling and blocking roadways.

Falling temperatures on Saturday along with high winds could cause more problems this weekend including icy roads and frozen sidewalks.

As of right now, all local rivers are at their normal levels.

The Indiana State Police encourage all Hoosiers to be aware of the dangers of flooding and to be conscious of the threat of flash floods. If you live in an area prone to flooding, be sure to monitor the water levels around your property. If water rises to dangerous levels, call emergency responders immediately. Do not wait until the last minute.

Police agencies say drivers should NOT ignoring road closures signs

Indiana State Police says you need to use common sense:

  • Never drive around barricades at water crossings. Remember: “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”
  • Be especially careful at night and early morning as it can be difficult to see water and it’s depth across the roadway.
  • Reduce your speed in rain and never enter flowing water. Driving through water creates less tire contact with the road surface (hydroplaning) and increases your chance of crashing.
  • Driving through water affects your brakes reducing their effectiveness until they dry out.
  • If you end up in water, immediately abandon your vehicle, exit through a window and climb on top of your car. Call 911 from the top and wait for help to arrive. Ride the top like a boat, as vehicles will often float for several minutes.
  • Be aware that road erosion can occur anytime there is running or standing water on a roadway.
  • Remember it only takes six inches of water to reach the bottom of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.