Heavy rain hits Indiana, Kentucky
Friday, April 04, 2014 11:00 AM
More than 24 hours of heavy rain left highways and other roads closed across parts of Indiana and Kentucky on Thursday and this morning, necessitating the rescues of several motorists.
Flooded roadways caused issues for drivers in Carroll County Friday morning. Old Gilgal Road and roads near Lock No. 1 on the Kentucky River were impassible due to flood waters. Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said there were “multiple problems” in the county due to the weather. (Staff photos by David Hill)
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The National Weather Service reported 1.56 inches of overnight rainfall in Madison. The NWS reported that a weather observer in Hanover recorded 2.75 inches of rain over the last 36 hours. Carrollton, Ky. reported 2.49 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.
In Madison, the only reported weather-related incident occurred about 4 a.m. today on Michigan Hill where a stone retaining wall gave way. Traffic was blocked on the hill while earth-moving equipment cleared the road. The slide was cleared by about 5 a.m.
A mudslide in the 1800 block of KY 36 between Carrollton and Milton caused the road to be closed to traffic. Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said the road had the potential to be closed for quite a while after a structure was thought to have been damaged during the slide.
Rains caused about an inch of mud to cover the interior of New's Auction Service, Chapman Tire Center and Cooper's Restaurant on Thursday morning, he said. The mud seemed to have washed down the hill from General Butler State Resort Park.
Tomlinson also reported other issues throughout the county, including flooded rivers and high water across several roads.
"It's just created a lot of problems in the county," he said.
Trimble County fire units responded to Connector Road early Friday morning on a water rescue call. When crews arrived, the water had begun to recede and the family was OK.
The NWS reported 3.37 inches of rainfall fell between midnight and 12:30 p.m. Thursday near the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.
Police closed a section of Interstate 64 in southwestern Indiana after two cars were submerged in floodwaters on the highway.
State police say the westbound lanes of I-64 were closed this morning in a 16-mile stretch between Indiana 79 and Indiana 162 near the Dubois County town of Ferdinand, about 40 miles northeast of Evansville. No injuries were immediately reported. In southwestern Indiana, the weather service reported more than 5 inches of rain fell over 18 hours ending Thursday evening, filling creek banks, overflowing ditches and sending water flowing across numerous roads.
At the opposite end of the state, the city of Fort Wayne eclipsed its record rainfall for the date of 1.79 inches by 5 p.m., before more thunderstorms were forecast to rake the state Thursday night, it said.
Indiana conservation officers reported rescuing at least eight people beginning Wednesday night. They included two sisters, ages 88 and 95, after one of them drove around a barricade and the vehicle stalled on flooded Indiana 26 near Hartford City. The women were treated for mild hypothermia, Officer John Gano said.
"It was unclear why they drove around the barricade, which was posted with signs stating 'high water - road closed,"' Gano said in a news release.
No major injuries were reported from the storms.
Emergency crews used a boat to rescue a woman from her home in Westfield, just north of Carmel, after flood waters surrounded it, WTHR-TV reported.
Carmel Fire Marshal Bruce Knott said some motorists paid little heed to the dangers the high waters posed before driving into them.
"We had people going around the fire apparatus, going right through the thick water while we were helping someone out of their car, so it's just very frustrating," Knott told WISH. "Plus, it's dangerous for us because we can't be stopping traffic when we're out there helping the victims,"
Authorities in Hamilton County, where Carmel and Westfield are located, and adjacent Boone County provided sandbags to residents to hold back high water.
In Indianapolis, crews closed off portions of major thoroughfares including Allisonville Road and North Keystone and Emerson Avenues.
High water also closed parts of several highways including Indiana 43 in Tippecanoe County and, in southern Indiana, Indiana 450 in Martin and Lawrence counties and Indiana 58 in Bartholomew County.