As a precaution due to the high risk of flooding in LaPorte County, LaPorte County Emergency Management on Thursday announced three locations have been made available for residents living in high risk flood areas of the county to receive free sand bags, while supplies last. The LaPorte County Highway Department reports they will be placing a large pile of sand and a pallet of sandbags outside the gate for those who are need of them. They also encourage those needing these supplies to bring a shovel or scoop, as those tools will not be provided.
If the issue requires a larger amount of sand than what is available, contact LaPorte County Emergency Management at:
- (219) 362-7210, Monday through Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm
- (219) 608-5768, 24 hours a day
- (219) 809-7225, 24 hours a day
Any changes and updates, will be provided as soon as they become available.
Secretary Amy Bluhm says residents can stop by during normal business hours at:
- La Porte County Highway Department - 1805 5th St., La Porte
-La Porte (City) Street Department - 1206 L St., La Porte
-Michigan City Central Services - 1801 Kentucky St., Michigan City
Also, please adhere to these safety tips with high water:
Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check for firmness of the ground in front of you and also for depth of water.
Do not drive into flooded areas. If flood waters rise around your car, abandoned the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.
If your home or business breaker/ fuse boxes, furnaces, water heaters, and/or other utilities have been exposed to water, stay clear of them as they will pose a threat of shock or electrocution.
With the dangers that high water/ flooding causes, as in all emergency situations, contact 911 when you are in need of police, fire and/ or medical help.