Weekend rain keeps roads closed Monday - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Weekend rain keeps roads closed Monday

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Water rushes into a business on Emerson Ave. and Fall Creek Water rushes into a business on Emerson Ave. and Fall Creek
A duck swims past a business building. A duck swims past a business building.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Heavy weekend rain has left at least some roads flooded and impassable in most central Indiana counties Monday morning.

If you see high water, remember these words: Turn around, don't drown. You may underestimate the depth of the water and get stuck - or even carried away in the current.

The most significant closures are to U.S. 31 in southern Johnson and State Road 11 in southern Bartholomew counties. U.S. 31 is closed north or State Road 252 along Sugar Creek.
 
Also, U.S. 31 near Edinburgh has been closed due to high water. Barricades have been placed at County Road 650 S & County Road 800 S on both sides of the flooded road.
 
Fall Creek Parkway in Indianapolis is closed between 38th and 30th St.

State Road 11 is closed south of Columbus by high water from the East Fork of White River.

The White River is also creating flood conditions in Muncie, Anderson and along State Road 19 in Noblesville.

In Indianapolis, Fall Creek has flooded parts of Millersville Road and the intersection of 56th Street and Emerson Way, where police made several arrests overnight when motorists stalled after driving through barricades.


The Red Cross is helping families in many communities who have evacuated their homes.
     
Martinsville residents can seek shelter at the Catholic Church on Harrison Street.
     
The Red Cross has also opened shelters on East Washington Street in Muncie, at the New Castle Memorial Fairgrounds, and at Shelbyville High School.

Tips from the National Weather Service:

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or ear flood waters.Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.

Most flood-related deaths and injuries could be avoided if people who come upon areas covered with water followed this simple advice: Turn Around Don't Drown®.

The reason that so many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.

If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. This is especially true at night, when your vision is more limited.

Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown®

Follow these safety rules:

  • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown®
  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown®
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

 

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