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Weather Blog: Flood safety

This week is severe weather week in Northeastern Indiana. We're taking a look at how you can stay safe in a flood.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 3:53 PM

Flood related deaths rank among the highest threats from severe weather.

It happens because people don't realize the power of water.

It only takes 6 inches of water to move a car.

Flash flooding is typically caused by slow moving thunderstorms, storms that train over the same area, or heavy rain from tropical storms or hurricanes.

I'm sure you've heard many meteorologists say, Turn Around, Don't Drown!

That's because it's the national slogan issued by the National Weather Service.

As always, it's very important to have a plan before severe weather occurs, so you know what to do.

If flooding occurs, get to higher ground immediately.

Leave areas that are likely to flood such as low-lying areas.

Stay away from locations that are already flooded and have fast moving currents.

Never try to cross a flowing stream.

If you enter a flowing stream and the water gets above your knee, get out immediately.

The swift current could wash you away.

Plus, you don't know what's in the water.

Downed power lines could charge the water, which will electrocute you.

Debris could also be flowing through the water.

When driving, never drive through flood waters because the road may not be intact.

If you drive into flood waters and your car stalls, get out immediately and seek higher ground.

Rapidly rising water could engulf the car and sweep you and other passengers away.

At night, you need to be extra careful because it's harder to see flood dangers.

We've seen bad floods in the spring in Northern Indiana.

The floods of March 1982 were one of the worst floods of all time.

In the previous winter, we saw 3 to 7 inches of liquid water fall as ice or snow.

That means there was at least 36 inches of snow on the ground, or 3 feet in our area.

When this melted rapidly, along with an inch of rain, the city was overflowing with water.

Fort Wayne received national attention when sandbags saved the Summit City.

If you want to be notified when flooding occurs in your area, download the FOX 55 Severe Weather Center App.

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Cases: 578494

Reported Deaths: 9202
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Lake43601664
Allen31380537
Hamilton27675303
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Elkhart23873336
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Porter14183158
Johnson14120277
Hendricks13560236
Madison10312209
Vigo10297171
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Monroe8933105
Delaware8638129
LaPorte8589153
Kosciusko777375
Howard7712136
Warrick624990
Hancock621995
Bartholomew616094
Floyd5971105
Wayne5811155
Grant5716108
Dubois533570
Boone523167
Morgan501485
Marshall487084
Henry483262
Cass464959
Noble453956
Dearborn443343
Jackson410145
Shelby394376
Lawrence374172
Clinton359838
Gibson348556
DeKalb333063
Montgomery329150
Knox323339
Harrison317242
Miami305043
Steuben300740
Adams291635
Ripley287145
Wabash286345
Whitley286324
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Putnam278046
Jasper274933
White262038
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Jefferson242738
Fayette239248
Decatur237382
Greene229259
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Wells225146
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Scott212837
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Fountain175125
Washington170216
Starke169241
Jay160521
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Owen155536
Carroll150115
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Brown84428
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Switzerland6035
Union6033
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Cases: 807293

Reported Deaths: 9990
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Summit32488697
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Butler29100225
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Mahoning16430334
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Delaware1349574
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Trumbull12096297
Fairfield1184280
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Allen9355126
Miami867373
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Wayne6599162
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Ross518287
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Jefferson391565
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Washington357039
Athens35469
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Knox329022
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Highland255618
Jackson250743
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Holmes215562
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Henry206147
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