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Rivers Continue To Rise

Last updated on Monday, February 16, 2009

(UNDATED) - Flooding concerns continue this week, at minimum through today, as water levels along several area rivers rise, especially along the White, Wabash and Muscatuck.

General river flood warnings continue through Lawrence, Jackson, Washington, Martin, Greene and Owen Counties through at least late tonight. Specific flood warnings exist in smaller area river towns, including Rivervale, Elliston and Newberry, as well as for larger towns including Spencer and Seymour.

In Rivervale, the flood warning is scheduled through Tuesday evening as the crest of the White River is expected to arrive within the next 24 hours. Minor flooding is already occurring in Rivervale, according to NWS hydrologists, with the water level at about 20 feet. With just 6 more inches, Lawrenceport Road will flood, and at 22 feet, it will become impassable.

The flood warning in Elliston continues until Wednesday morning as the current water level is more than 7 feet over flood stage. Currently, river cabins are being surrounded by flood water, the north end of Shawnee Airfield is seeing water, and extensive agricultural flooding is in progress.

In Newberry, the flood warning is set to expire Wednesday afternoon with water levels currently 6 feet over flood stage and moderate flooding both in progress and forecast. CR600 West, just north of the White River in the Mary Long Cutoff area, has as much as 2 feet of water across it for a long distance. Other state and county roads are either in danger of or are currently flooding.

In Petersburg, down stream from Shoals, the flood warning is scheduled through Saturday morning with water levels already almost 4 feet above flood stage, and expected to rise. Waters are expected to rise to almost 5 feet above flood stage which could endanger people in the Dodge City area, and IN-257 could flood completely south of Washington if river levels in Shoals remain above 15 feet.

Seymour's flood warning may be over as early as this morning as levels along the White River have dropped to just a few inches over flood stage as of Sunday night.

In Spencer, the flood warning is scheduled through tomorrow afternoon as water levels are already 5 feet over flood stage, but are falling. At the current level, however, roads south of the flood gauge are flooded and Gosport Road is closed. Extensive agricultural flooding is also continuing.

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