In a typical year, floods kill more people than any other type of severe weather in the United States.Flooding can occur at anytime, anywhere, and cause injuries and damage to homes, businesses, and belongings. In Indiana, flash floods can strike with little warning, turning small creeks and drains into raging bodies of water.
If Flooding is Happening or Forecasted
Be aware of situations that can result in flooding, like thunderstorms and prolonged heavy rain.
Be especially cautious at night, because its harder to recognize flooding after dark.
Be aware of your surroundings- Are you in a low-lying area or near a stream that could quickly overrun its banks during heavy rain?
Stay away from flooded ditches and culverts.
Don't try to walk, drive or swim through floodwaters. Swift water can knock you off your feet or push your car off the roadway.
Be Prepared for Floods
Make sure your sump pump is working properly.
Secure large propane tanks if your home is prone to flooding.
Buy flood insurance to cover the value of your home and contents.
Move valuables and appliances out of the basement if your home is flood prone.
Elevate utilities, including main breaker, fuse box, and meters, to protect them from damage. Contact your utility company to learn how