City Urges Residents to Prepare for Potential Flash Flooding
Posted by Scott Lynch Agency on
With another round of potentially severe thunderstorms approaching the Indianapolis area, the City is urging residents to brush up on their storm safety tips as public safety and public service agencies prepare to address resident needs.
IMPD’s Homeland Security Bureau has been briefed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and has activated the Emergency Operations Center to Level 4 ahead of the potential for heavy rainfall and flash flooding. IMPD will continue to closely monitor conditions as the storms approach and impact Indianapolis.
The Office of Public Health and Safety reminds residents of the following safety and tips and resources:
• Turn around, don’t drown! Roadways with just six inches of fast-moving water can be dangerous.
• When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.
• Pay attention to weather reports, warnings of thunderstorms, and alerts that conditions could lead to a tornado. Be ready to change plans, if necessary.
• If boating or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately.
• Stay away from downed power lines and trees and report them immediately. Report fallen power lines to IPL at 317-261-8111 and downed trees by calling the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 and selecting option 2, or visiting indy.gov/requestindy.
• If a tornado warning is issued, find shelter immediately. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. If driving, do not stop under an overpass or bridge. A low, flat location is safer.
• Anyone in need of non-emergency assistance or shelter can call Connect2Help by dialing 2-1-1.