Experts Warn Of Increased Flood Risks

Homeland Security officials say in addition to having a family emergency preparedness plan, homeowners should take steps to protect their property as well.

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Flood waters in south-central Indiana after a major rain event.

As seasonal rains move into south-central Indiana this spring, officials are warning residents to be wary of rising flood waters. Indiana Department of Homeland Security Spokesperson Garret Walcon says in addition to having a family emergency preparedness plan, homeowners should take steps to protect their property as well.

“Floods can be very expensive, and purchasing flood insurance is one of the most cost effective steps homeowners can take to protect their homes,” he says.

Walcon says if families are prepared for a flood event, they’re often protecting themselves from other natural disasters as well, such as earthquakes and tornadoes.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Crystal Pettet says Indiana has already seen above average precipitation this year.

“What we are seeing as far as spring flooding, we are looking at higher probabilities of minor flooding along a lot of our rivers in central and southern Indiana,” she says.

Still, Pettet, most of the state is still recovering from last summer’s drought, which wiped out a large percentage of Hoosier crops.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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