A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Hamilton County from Saturday through Monday evening, December 26-28. A Flood Warning is also in effect during this time for portions of the White River in the county. A Flash Flood Watch means conditions may develop that lead to localized flash flooding. Heavy rainfall is expected to begin Saturday afternoon lasting through Monday. The heavy rains on top of already saturated ground may result in flooding of low lying areas, agricultural areas, and areas prone to flooding. Small streams and creeks may also experience flash flooding with larger streams and rivers flooding over time.
Public safety officials remind citizens never to enter an area that is flooded, especially a location where barricades and other warning signage are posted. Water depth is difficult to judge and flooding may cover other hazards such as holes or the roadbed being washed away. Make sure to have a charged cell phone available to report emergencies and flooded areas.
Other important flood reminders include:
• Six inches of water will reach the bottom of many passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
• One foot of water will float most vehicles.
• Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-up trucks.
• As little as a few inches of running water can cause a person to loose balance.
• If you end up in water, 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 as you ride the top like a boat. Get everyone out of the vehicle and onto the roof quickly as vehicles will often float for a time before sinking.
• Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
• Do not try to take short cuts as they may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
• Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
If in need, call Hamilton County Communications at 317-773-1282 or 911 for an emergency. More information on flooding can be found at http://www.in.gov/dhs/getprepared.htm. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.