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Terrible road conditions during rain

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Accident clearing on Bypass near SR 23 & Michigan Accident clearing on Bypass near SR 23 & Michigan

Rain and warming temperatures are creating headaches for many drivers this morning.  Flooding streets and heavy potholes are messing up commutes. Most of the drivers who talked to FOX28 talked to said potholes were easily visible and they were able to avoid them; however, their biggest concern was driving through large masses of water. Some drivers said they actually turned around to avoid them, mainly because they weren't sure of how deep the "puddles" were.

A stretch of eastbound lanes on the Bypass had been closed down due to an accident between SR 23 and Michigan Street.  Traffic reopened just before 11:00am.  INDOT says more road closures due to high water are possible as the day continues.

Matt Deitchley with INDOT says don't try to drive through flooded roadway.  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.

Rick Hamilton of Hamilton Towing says 25% of his calls he's been receiving are to help people out of flooded alleyways.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security wants you to be aware of potential danger of this rain.

If you live near bodies of water (ponds, rivers, streams, etc.)

  • Monitor local weather and river forecasts and keep an eye on any waterways along roads near your residence. 
  • Water levels can change rapidly and flooding can begin with little or no warning. 
  • Consider evacuating in advance of flooding if you think rising water may cut off your access routes to and from home.

On the road

  • Never attempt to cross a flooded road, even if it seems shallow. Water can conceal dips, or worse, flood waters can damage roadways, washing away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground.
  • Do not drive around barricades at water crossings. They are there to protect the public. Disregarding warning signs and attempting to cross flooded roads endangers everyone in the vehicle as well as the first responders who may need to come to the aid of those that are stranded.
  • Remember, just a few inches of moving water is enough to carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-up trucks.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize high water danger.

FOX28 News will be monitoring conditions throughout the day.  Check back in on this story for updates.

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