By: David Shepherd, News Director / Forecaster
DUBOIS COUNTY -- We have had a lot of rain over the past 60 days or so. Over 20 roads in Dubois County are closed at this hour. CLICK HERE for the latest list
The city of Huntingburg is offering free sandbags to any resident who needs them.
You can get them at the street department garage at 1103 East 1st Street in Huntingburg.
If you have questions about the sandbags, contact Rachel Steckler at 683 – 2211.
The Jasper Riverwalk is closed today at the Newton Street Bridge due to the high water.
It’s also closed just north of the old veneer mill, but city officials warn the entire north end of the trail will be closed at some point today as the water continues to rise quickly.
INDIANA DNR URGES "TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN"
Indiana Conservation Officers urge Hoosiers to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when it comes to floodwaters. Over the past few weeks, Indiana has received significant rainfall amounts in some areas, flooding roadways.
Many law enforcement agencies have responded to multiple calls for water rescues involving vehicles driving into floodwaters over the last few weeks. With anticipated precipitation still headed our way, drivers must remember to not risk their lives and instead turn around and seek alternative travel routes.
Hoosiers are also urged to abide by the posted road-closed signs and barricades. In many instances, drivers have put themselves and their passengers in danger by driving around such signs and ending up stranded in floodwaters.
Drivers need to be mindful of the many hidden dangers lurking in that floodwater. Moving water can cause some roads to buckle and wash out. The current can also cause your vehicle to be swept off the roadway.
If you do find yourself stranded in your vehicle in floodwaters, here are basic safety tips to remember.
- Remove your seatbelt.
- Remove the seatbelts of all occupants starting oldest to youngest.
- Roll down windows.
- Climb onto roof of the vehicle.
- Call 911 from the vehicle roof
More information on flooding safety is at dhs.IN.gov/2791.htm.