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Flood Waters Close Several Roads In Lawrence County
Updated December 23, 2013 7:06 AM | Filed under: Weather
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(UNDATED) - Several roads in Lawrence County are closed because of flooding.

They are:

* The 8000 block of Ind. 450.

* The east entrance of Todd Lane

* Peerless Bottoms near Newco Metals

* The intersection of Harrodsburg and Sieboldt Quarry Road.

* Old Farm Road and Johnson Lane

* The Guthrie Bottoms

* The Judah Logan Bottoms and Judah Logan Road.

* Trogden Lane, west of Ind. 37

* Williams Silverville Road near Dillman Road at the Indian Creek Bridge

Justin Kennedy's Trailblazer was sweep away by flood waters Saturday on Williams Silverville Road near the iron bridge. Kennedy was in the vehicle with his cousin Chris Roach when the vehicle stalled and they could not get it restarted. Both men were able to get out of the vehicle unharmed and walked away. Indian Creek then claimed the vehicle.

"Trail blazer for sale, power washed and inside clean anyone wanna buy," Kennedy says.

On Saturday at 11:51 a.m. Lawrence County police received a report that flood water was over the bridge on Dunn Bridge Road.

Then on Sunday, police received at call at 1:01 a.m. reporting a truck in high water on Judah Logan Road near Salt Creek bridge.

Then this morning at 1:20 a.m. police received a report of a vehicle in high water on Peerless Road near Newco Metals. The vehicle was submerged. No one was in the vehicle or around it.

Around the State:

According to the Washington Times Herald a sizeable portion of Washington's Eastside Park was underwater Sunday after a deluge of water over the weekend.

The effects of 5 inches of rain, combined with the melt from a recent snowstorm, has left many areas and streets around the park underwater.

No homes have been flooded as of 3 p.m., but waters are coming close to houses in a nearby trailer court, Washington Mayor Joe Wellman said. In the 30 years Wellman has been mayor this is the highest he has seen the water.

"While water has gone down in some areas around the park, water is rising in other areas," Wellman said.

Wellman was at the park Sunday afternoon, talking with residents at Trail Breeze Kourt. He reported although there is flood water underneath a few trailers on the southwest side of the park, residents see no flood waters inside their homes.

On Saturday, city police said portions of Main, Walnut and E. Van Trees streets were flooded, along with Lakeview and Glenwood drives and Bedford Road.

Flood waters have receded some since approximately 5 inches of rain was dumped on the area Saturday, prompting flash flood warnings for most of the day. Although an accurate closing was not readily available, it is believed most of the closed roads center around Eastside Park.

It is not yet known the extent of the damage to Eastside Park and its celebrated Christmas light display. A parks department employee said many of the lights were on Saturday night during the flooding.

Officers with the Greene County Sheriff's Department worked to extricate passengers of a van stuck in high water Saturday night.

A van travelling South of Bloomfield became stuck in high water and taken to the side of the road due to flooding from heavy rainfall beginning Friday night and continuing through Saturday.

Sheriff Terry Pierce said all people trapped in the vehicle were able to be extracted and no one suffered any major injuries.

With the prolonged rain, Pierce said there were many issues related to flooding roadways on Saturday night and would continue.

Authorities say a Michigan family of four who drove into high waters following heavy weekend rains were rescued from their swamped car by Indianapolis firefighters.

The Indianapolis Fire Department says the family was traveling from the Detroit area when they encountered high waters early Sunday on Indianapolis' far east side. They continued driving until their vehicle became marooned in floodwaters.

A dive team used a boat to rescue 51-year-old Douglas Nielsen, his 53-year-old wife, Sonia, and the couple's 19-year-old and 21-year-old daughters about 2 a.m. Sunday.

The Shelby Township, Michigan, family's luggage was also retrieved from their water-logged car.

A massive storm that hit the Midwest dumped three to five inches of rain on parts of Indiana over three days. Nearly seven inches fell in southwestern Indiana near Vincennes.

Indiana conservation officers who spent the weekend responding to numerous calls about people stranded by floodwaters were also called on to help a black bear.

Conservation officers were asked Sunday morning to check on a black bear left behind in its cage in Shelby County's Fairland area when flooding drove its owner from his home.

They found the 500-pound bear in about four feet of water within its 10-foot by 12-foot enclosure.

Conservation officers ruled out tranquilizing the bear, but they entered the bear's cage and created an elevated platform that allows the bear to get above the floodwaters.

Indiana law allows residents to possess black bears if they've obtained a permit from the Department of Natural Resources. The owner of the Shelby County bear had that required permit.

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