Temperatures in the 50's on Monday led to snow melting which has caused the National Weather Service in Chicago to issue flood warnings for portions of the Kankakee River in northwest Indiana. A Flood Warning continues until further notice for the Kankakee River at Shelby and minor flooding is forecast as the river there is expected to rise above flood stage by late this afternoon. A Flood Warning begins this evening until further notice for the Kankakee River at Davis Route 30. The river there is expected to rise above flood stage by tonight and minor flooding is forecast.
Meanwhile a Flood Advisory continues for the Iroquois River near Foresman until late Friday night and of course on top of this a Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 10pm tonight to 1pm Wednesday, with total snow accumulations of 4-to-8 inches possible.
SAFETY REMINDERS FOR DRIVING IN HIGH WATER
•Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
•Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
•Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
•Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
•Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
•A foot of water will float many vehicles
•Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups