(BEDFORD) - When it rains, it pours here in southern Indiana, and pours, and pours, and rains, and floods.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the southern half of the WBIW listening area until about 11:00 this morning.
That warning includes Orange and Washington Counties and areas south through Central Kentucky.
Rainfall rates in that part of the area have been estimated at 1 to 1.5 inches per hour, though the rainfall is expected to taper down sometime this morning, possibly as early as 9:00am, though scattered showers are forecasted to remain until late this afternoon.
A flood warning means that flooding is either imminent or has already been spotted, and meteorologists are saying some localized flash flooding is also possible.
A flood watch also remains in effect for the northern half of the WBIW listening area, including Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Jackson, Brown and Greene Counties until around 3:00pm this afternoon.
National Weather Service meteorologists are forecasting between 2 and 4 inches of rain before this is all said and done, and some areas may have locally higher totals. In Lawrence County, they are expecting IN-37 and US-50 to be the only open roads within the flood plain.
Up in Monroe County yesterday, Army Corps of Engineers officials said they reduced water releases from Lake Monroe into the Monroe Reservoir. The water level, as of early yesterday morning, had barely risen one tenth of a foot within 24 hours.
Army Corps of Engineers hydrologists are saying that, for those around Patoka Lake and the Patoka River, they shouldn't worry about flooding being caused by the actual opening of the gates down stream.
The engineers there are tasked with relieving pressure on the lake without causing flooding in the river.
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