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Heavy Rains, Flooding Crushing South Central Indiana Updated

Last updated on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

(BEDFORD) - The National Weather Service has upgraded yesterday’s flood watches into flood warnings.

A flood warning is in effect for Lawrence, Martin, Jackson, Greene, Monroe and Brown Counties, and a flash flood warning in Orange and Washington Counties through this evening, at least.

Expect potential flooding of the White River East Fork to continue beyond that.

Current rain storms are still stretching back though East Texas, and we could be seeing several more heavy rain spots moving through.

State police are still warning drivers to keep driving to a minimum if possible, and to obey all flooded road signs.

INDOT has declared IN-450 between Williams and Shoals, and IN-337 between Orleans and Livonia, to be closed due to flooding. INDOT again reminds drivers not to cross flood waters on the road unless you can see the roadway underneath the water.

Additionally, due to the flooding, some area schools are either closing or are delaying first bell.

At 5:30 this morning, we were informed by Paoli School officials that Orange County is under a state of emergency.

Keep tuned to WBIW to find out the latest on those schools and further weather conditions.

Update: 3/19/2008 8:17am ROAD CLOSURE LIST

State Highways:
IN-37 (northbound lanes): Paoli-Orleans
IN-450: Williams-Shoals
IN-337: Orleans-Livonia
IN-150: Paoli-Springs Valley

Lawrence County Roads:
I St.
Avoca Eureka Rd.
Church Camp Rd.
Donica Church Rd.
Fayetteville Owensburg Rd.
Harrodsburg Rd.
Little Salt Creek Run
Old Farm Rd.
Bartlettsville Rd.
Buddha Rd.
Old Buddha Rd.
Dunn Bridge Rd.
Erie Church Rd.
Red Crane Rd.
Woody Farm Rd.
Mica Metals
Peerless Rd. (by the bridge)
Yockey Rd.
Rabbitsville Rd.
Lawrenceport Rd.
Pumphouse Rd.
Mill Creek Rd.
Earl Rd.
Huron Williams Rd.
Lincoln Rd.
Rager Rd.
Woodville Rd.

Additional Alerts:
INDOT reports French Lick police have the Town of French Lick closed due to flooding. County highway crews are helping hotel guests leave the area.

Orange County remains in a state of emergency.

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