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Prepare for Flooded Roads

With the recent snowfall, the melting, and with rain in the forecast, Indiana State Police are urging Hoosiers to remain aware of road conditions and to not take any unnecessary chances while behind the wheel.

ISP Public Information Officer John Bowling says that motorists across the state will be experiencing water covered roadways. He says drivers need to expect it and prepare. With that, the Indiana State Police have listed these tips for when you encounter high water:

•Always carry a cell phone and charger.

•Pay attention to local media reports and heed warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

•Never drive around barricades at water crossings.

•Be especially careful at night or 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 and increases your chance of hydroplaning and crashing.

•Driving through water affects your brakes reducing their effectiveness until they dry out.

•If you end up in water, immediately exit your vehicle through a window and climb on top of your car. Call 9-1-1 from there 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 bottoms of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.

If you find yourself stranded in water, authorities say you need to act fast. You should get yourself and everyone in your vehicle out through a window onto the roof of the car. Bowling says the lesson is "Make sure you're a survivor, NOT a victim."

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1:08:45 PM

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