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Warm-up, rain hold potential for flooding
Updated on: 02.18.14

Temperatures forecast to hit 62 degrees by Thursday will make things look more springlike around the area. And with rain also likely, flooding is likely, too.

As snow and ice that have built up around a house melt, that running water can seep into the structure. Homeowners should take steps to help the water move to a lower grade away from the house, said Steven Cain, Extension Disaster Education Network homeland security project director at Purdue University.

"Inspect the area around the home," Cain said. "Heat escaping there may have melted a small track against the home, and with significant rain and melting snow, this water could roll back into the home."

Cain offered these tips:

* Be careful not to channel water toward neighbors' homes. That could be costly in terms of emotions and money.

* Take steps to prevent water from roads from moving into your house.

* Make sure you are physically up to the task of removing snow and ice. Chipping away at ice can be very difficult. Heart attacks increase, especially in men over age 40, when removing snow.

* If flooding causes water to cover roads: Turn around, don't drown. The depth of water is not always obvious. Street conditions could have deteriorated under the water, which could create sinkholes. Even a small amount of water can sweep you off your feet. Six inches of water can stall some cars and make control difficult. A foot of water can sweep vehicles off the road.

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