Heavy rains prompt reminder of flash flood dangers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - With more heavy rain in the forecast, the Indianapolis Fire Department is reminding drivers about the dangers of flash flooding.

City streets can quickly flood after heavy downpours like the ones we’ve been seeing, creating a hazardous situation for drivers.

It’s been a soggy start to the summer for Hoosiers, with days of heavy rain. By now, we’re used to the summer storms, but first responders say you shouldn’t get too confident.

“What we’re asking is for everybody to be conscientious and vigilant about these low lying areas,” said Captain Rita Reith, with IFD.

Low lying areas across Indianapolis are prone to flash flooding. Storms drop a lot of rain in a short amount of time, and water covers roads, leading drivers to take chances.

“Even on a main roadway, there can be currents that can knock you off your feet in six inches of water. So, we don’t want you do walk through it or drive through it,” said Reith.

IFD watches trouble spots around the city during times of heavy rain. If water becomes a serious issue, they’ll send specialized teams out if rescues are needed.

Reith said never drive through flooded roads, and if an area is flooded and not marked off, let them know.

“If you see standing water that doesn’t have barricades around it, do not drive through it. Give us a call, let DPW know that an area needs barricades,” she said. “What we’re trying to do is get people to understand it takes just a second to drive through an area you think might be safe. You may be very familiar with the area, but it may be deeper than you think.”

Putnam County was under a flash flood warning Thursday morning. Emergency management there said some roads were covered for a short time, but the waters receded as the day went on.

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