Three things to know about flash flooding

They say April showers bring May flowers, but rain this week and next also could bring flash flooding.

Flash flooding and high water on rural and city roads can create dangerous situations for drivers. Just 6 inches of moving water is enough to knock adults off their feet, and 2 feet of moving water is enough to carry a car away.Here’s what you need to know:


Don’t drown. Turn around.

Officials say you shouldn’t travel across a road if it’s flooded. Your car will have less tire traction, which can result in a crash. If you must drive through shallow, standing water, drive slowly. Never drive through moving water.

A good rule to follow is if you can’t see the road, don’t attempt to get to the other side.


Hancock County is fairly flat.

Hancock County and Greenfield have a few places that frequently flood, but those floodwaters usually are caused by backed-up storm sewers. Because the county is flat, water doesn’t collect much on the roads, officials said.

In places where flooding occurs frequently, the county has signs placed that warn of high water. Be on the lookout for those, especially when it’s raining.


If you’re trapped, get out of the vehicle.

Officials say if you find yourself stranded in water, act quickly. Get yourself and all passengers out of their seat belts and out a window. Rest on the roof of your car and call 911. Don’t swim unless you have to, and never swim against the current.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or