LAPORTE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is warning drivers to be on the lookout for high water and debris on the roadways across the Northwest Indiana District. Heavy rainfall continues today, adding to troubles caused by severe storms and several inches of rain affecting the area over the last 48 hours.
INDOT crews are patrolling state roads, posting high water signs or closing roads as needed, and clearing tree limbs and debris that has fallen or blown into the path of motorists. But the potential for obstructions is high and drivers should use extreme caution in these conditions.
If you come across a flooded roadway, turn around. Never drive through standing water. 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
INDOT encourages motorists and the media in Northwest Indiana to follow updates on high water closures or other restrictions through our social media sites. Like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov. Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.