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Heavy Rains Cause Damage And Roads To Be Flooded

Last updated on Monday, January 14, 2013

(UNDATED) - It was a wet, muddy weekend across the area as storms dropped up to 4 inches of rain in some areas and brought strong winds that caused minor damage in other areas.

"I heard a big, loud bang, and I thought it was thunder," says Bob Dale, of Linton, "So, I got up to look and that's when I noticed the tree was down. I went outside and it had hit the house, the car port, the van and the storage building."

Dale says the tree struck the house near where he was sleeping.

"I believe that part of the tree hit the van, and kept it from coming through the house. So, I got real lucky," he added

On average, the area received between one to three inches of rain in just 24 hours.

Knox, Sullivan, Lawrence, Greene and Daviess Counties were hit by the storm.

The rain even forced some county roads to be flooded on Sunday and these areas should be avoided in Lawrence County:

* Bartlettsville Road between Ramsey Ridge and Dunn Bridge Road

* Middle Salt Creek River Road near Sowders Road

* Tunnelton Road at the railroad trestle near Lowland Drive

* Peerless Road in the bottoms

State Road 43 is closed in Greene County from State Road 54 to State Road 48 due to high water, according to Cher Elliott of the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The White River at Edwardsport is expected to crest at 21.1 feet Wednesday morning. This will flood bottomlands and make Old Vincennes Road, west of Washington, and State Road 358, west of Plainville, impassable.

Jackson County Sheriff's Department says State Road Road 235 between Medora and Vallonia was closed Sunday afternoon because of high water near Medora.

Clean-up is underway in Johnson County after high winds knocked over several trees, causing damage to homes and cars.

People reported damaged fences and blown out windows, while Duke Energy officials say at its peak, nearly 21,000 homes were without power.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says heavy rain fell ahead and along a cold front that brought the warm temperatures central Indiana enjoyed on Saturday to an end.

Most areas received 2 to 3 inches of rain, but there were isolated higher amounts southwest of Indianapolis, NWS said.

More than 3 inches of rain fell northeast of Bloomfield, in Greene County, and 3.12 inches of rain was reported in Daviess County.

A buildings near Vincennes University also suffered heavy damage, including roofs blown off.

The NWS says a flood warning continues for the East Fort of White River at Seymour until further notice. At 11 am. Sunday the stage was at 12.9 feet, flood stage is at 12 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and is forecast. The river will continue rising to near 16.3 feet by Tuesday night then begin falling.

A flood warning continues for portions of the following rivers, Big Blue, Driftwood, East Fork of White River, Eel River, Muscatatuck River Wabash River and White River.

Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig says, motorists should never drive into flood water. Turn around and go another way. Keep children away from flooded areas. Recreational and agricultural interest should remain alert to changing river conditions.

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