INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Rain and flooding will continue to be an issue around central Indiana on Monday.
Freezing temperatures and rain made messy conditions for drivers on the morning commute. Patches of rain were on an off throughout the morning.
Heavy rain will move into central Indiana Monday afternoon and evening. One to two inches of rain on top of the rainfall from over the weekend could be problematic.
There’s a flash flood watch in effect for most of central Indiana until 7 p.m. There are also flood warnings and river flood warnings around the state.
In addition to the rain, wind will be gusty Monday. Wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour are possible.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Because flood waters are usually deeper than they appear, drivers are being told not drive through areas where water covers the roadway. One foot of water is powerful enough to sweep away vehicles.
AAA says driving through floodwaters can be costly. The organizations says repair costs for damage caused by driving through standing water can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
AAA also warns drivers to slow down and increase following distances. Fumes and oil leaks that build up on dry pavement rise to the surface of the road when it rains and makes the road slick.
Drivers are also reminded to wear seat belts.
Stay with Storm Track 8 throughout the day for updates on the rain and flooding issues that will follow.