Expected flooding could cause issues for residents, drivers

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Although the warmer temperatures are nice, they are expected to cause some issues when it comes to flooding on the streets. Crews in Tippecanoe County are working ahead to minimize the problems.

“Just after today, I mean, it’s a mess,” said local resident Alex Barrick.

Barrick lives in Colony Pines in Tippecanoe County. He took advantage of the mess Tuesday evening, clearing his driveway. Even though the warmer temperatures made a slushy mess of the roads, Barrick said it’s still better than what we’ve been dealing with all winter.

“It’s pretty bad, just walking on it, you can tell compared to the ice, obviously. This is better than the ice, to me,” said Barrick.

Whether it’s the ice or the slush, it’s all expected to be gone by the end of week. But with more rain expected on Thursday, residents could have some problems.

“All the melting snow that we’ve gathered over the last couple of months, that snow’s going to begin to melt. It’s going to run to the road side. It’s going to stand in the roads. It’s going to stand in cul-de-sacs in the subdivisions. It’s going to have a really hard time getting off the road,” said Tippecanoe County Highway Supervisor Ed Ward.

Ward said crews were out Tuesday pushing back snow and ice on the main roads as far as possible. Wednesday, they’ll move into the subdivisions. Ward said there’s a lot of ice-pack in the subdivisions that has already started to melt. He said crews will be laying a salt brine that will act a de-icer.

“The catch basins in a lot of the subdivisions are plugged with ice and snow sitting on top of them and that’s what we got to do first,” explained Ward.

All that standing water could mean problems for drivers too. Sergeant Brian Lowe with the Tippecanoe Sheriff’s Office said drivers need to make sure to pay attention to their surroundings this week.

“You may be driving on dry pavement and then all of a sudden there’s a foot deep lake in the roadway. That’s what is the dangerous part of it. You see those, and you can’t stop in time,” said Lowe.

Lowe said if you do find yourself stuck in a large puddle of water, stay put , call 911 and let a trained dive team come to you.

Another threat with this water on the roadways is the potential for freezing at night which means many of these areas will turn to ice.

“Hopefully, we’ll get the streets cleared off. Because we get the streets cleared off, people will be able to pull into their driveways and park, and be able to move around more and get out of their house,” said Barrick.

Ward said residents should move their cars off the streets to help speed up the process.

Potholes are also expected to become an issue later this week because the concrete will expand a lot in the warmer temperatures. Ward said drivers need to be extra careful because the water will likely cover many of the potholes.

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