Allen County Official Asks Drivers to "Turn Around, Don't Drown"

Published 08/22 2014 08:37PM

Updated 08/25 2014 08:15AM

A portion of Ellison Rd. near Branstrator Rd. in southwest Fort Wayne was closed Friday after heavy morning rain.

Neighbors tell WFFT they see plenty of cars that try to drive through the flooding, but county officials put road signs there for a reason, they're reminding everyone about their safety campaign "Turn Around, Dont' Drown!"

"Every time it rains it floods over any bigger storm like this or sometimes even smaller, it floods all over," said Klarissa Clem who lives right down the street from Ellison Rd. "They either turn around or sometimes they try to cross it. I've seen multiple cars have to get towed out. I've seen a car up to their side view mirrors in water."

Allen County Spokesperson Mike Green told WFFT, "Even if the warning sign says high water, we still want folks to turn around... When you stop and think about it an aircraft carrier is 90,000 tons and it floats because of buoyancy, once that car gets taken out into higher water and water starts seeping in, that's when the vehicle when you and your passengers in it begins to submerge and that's when we have a tragic occurrence take place."

Several of the trails around Fort Wayne and Allen County were also closed Friday due to high water.

"It says road closed for a reason, so I would definitely turn around and not try to cross it," said Clem.

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