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April 5, 2014

Heavy rains produce fresh set of weather headaches

INDOT using different methods on SR 257 flooding

Daviess County and much of Indiana took another punch from Mother Nature. This time in the form of heavy rains that flooded roads, damaged culverts and once again sent homeowners to the basement with sump pumps.

The downpours produced some flash flooding in localized areas, but the widespread problem is expected to turn into river flooding on both the East and West Forks of the White River.

The amounts of rain may have varied around the county, but the storms delivered enough to cause some troubles. “I saw one report of 2.25 inches in Washington,” said Daviess County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Goss. “We had some reports of roads being closed, but no issues with people driving into the water and getting washed away.”

“Mother Nature sure has a wicked sense of humor,” added Daviess County Highway Superintendent Phil Cornelius. “We had just found a box culvert that had been damaged by all the cold and snow and then we received the rain. That left us with some more pipes getting washed out on gravel roads and some other roadways flooded.”

The flooded roadways included Highbanks Road, CR 650E, CR 1000N, and CR 1200E. “Most of the water got away in a couple of hours,” said Cornelius. “It came down quick enough that we really couldn’t get all the high water signs out to warn motorists.”

In Washington the rain came following Wednesday’s rainfall of an inch and a quarter. “That rain put us out cleaning out the catch basins,” said Washington Street Commissioner Ernie Evans. “I think that helped some of the water get away around town. We didn’t have any issues with streets closing. The storm water and the waste water guys were out some with water backing up into basements.”

The big rainfall spread over a large portion of Indiana. The National Weather Service placed two thirds of the state under a flood warning. Weather officials in Evansville reported five inches of rain fell there. In Carmel more than three inches fell in just 12 hours. Indiana Conservation Officers rescued eight people around the state who became stranded in high water. State Police also closed a portion of I-64 after two cars became stranded in high water near Ferdinand.

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