FORT WAYNE, Ind (21Alive) -- The Allen County Highway Department is offering free sandbags to citizens in order to help combat flooding in the area.
The sandbags are being offered inside the salt storage units at the highway department's two maintenance facilities. The northern facility is located 2234 Carroll Rd. and the southern facility is located 8317 East Tillman Rd.
The bags are fill-them-yourself and will be available anytime until further notice. The following advice has been given courtesy of the Indiana State Police:
-Don’t drive around barricades at water crossings.
-Be especially vigilant at night. Many drowning deaths occur at night when it is difficult to see water crossings.
-Don’t cross or enter flowing water. Driving fast through high water on roads is not a solution. Faster speeds create less tire contact with the road surface and increase your chance of crashing.
-Driving through standing water may affect your brakes. Test your brakes at low speeds as soon as you exit the water.
-If you choose to abandon your vehicle, respect the force of the water flow or you may be swept off your feet. After you exit the vehicle seek higher ground.
-Be aware that road erosion may occur when there is running or standing water.
-Remember that six inches of water will reach the bottoms of most car doors; one foot of water will float many vehicles; and two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles.
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