Drivers are being encouraged to be on the lookout for high water on the roadways. INDOT reports crews are patrolling state roads, posting high water signs or closing roads as needed. At last check, high water closures on state roadways across the Northwest Indiana District are not widespread, but motorists need to use extreme caution due to the potential for flooding.
INDOT says if you come across a flooded roadway to turn around and never drive through standing water. According to the National Weather Service, most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. Six-inches of standing water is enough to stall a car and a foot of water will float many vehicles. In addition, be on high alert for potholes which maybe obscured from view due to high water.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.