‘Turn around, don’t drown’ Take these steps to survive a flood

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(July 8, 2015) – After record high rainfall totals yesterday and more rain today, the Indianapolis Fire Department is urging residents to take early action in anticipation of possible flooding.

Water rescue incidents can be prevented if there is a plan in place.

When flood waters start to rise, move cars to higher grounds and have a pre-planned place to go.

If you witness someone fall into moving water or trapped in high water call 911. Do not attempt to make the rescue yourself. Members of the Indianapolis Fire Department are specially trained and equipped to respond to water rescues.

Do not walk through flowing water.  Currents can be deceptive, often appearing calm on top but may be moving at high rate of speed underneath. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.

Do not drive through a flooded area. Instead, find an alternate route.

If you see an area that needs barricades call 911 and report it.

If you become trapped in your vehicle, stay with your vehicle.  Call 911. Remain calm.  Move to the hood or roof of your vehicle if water continues to rise.

A few of IFD’s most common areas of response to flooding are Ravenswood, Frog Holler, 56th and Emerson, Fall Creek Pkwy & Pleasant Run Pkwy and the low lying underpasses such as 21st and Sherman.

A few of IFD’s most common areas of response for water rescue are the Broad Ripple area along the Monon Trail, Little Eagle Creek, White River Parkway downtown, Harding and Raymond.

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