CARROLL COUNTY, Ind.(WLFI) - The Carroll County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is asking anyone who lives along the Tippecanoe River to activate emergency plans and take necessary steps to secure property – and even evacuate.
According to the county's EMA, the National Weather Service in Indianapolis has forecasted river flows from the Oakdale Dam to exceed 13,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) and possibly reach as high as 20,000 CFS between Thursday night and Saturday.
"The Carroll County Emergency Management Agency asks that individuals living on the river activate their family emergency action plans and take steps necessary to secure property and evacuate if conditions warrant," the EMA said in a press release Thursday.
The EMA and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office also want to remind you that the river sirens have already sounded for flows exceeding 9,000 CFS, and will sound again when flows reach 13,000 CFS.
Low-lying roads will start to be covered with water at 10,000 CFS and will be impassable by 13,000 CFS, according to Carroll County.
If you encounter flooded roadways, do not attempt to drive through them. Swift undercurrents that are not visible on the surface could exist, causing roadways to be washed out.
The drop in temperatures brings the potential for health dangers, such as hypothermia and frost bite. The bitter temperatures can pose a threat for children, adults and pets.
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