Central Indiana towns drenched by fast-moving storms

Ice is damming Deer Creek near Camden. (Stephanie Maxwell photo)
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A fast-moving line of severe weather blew through Indiana Thursday night, dumping heavy rain and increasing the risk for flooding.

As lightning flashed over South Madison Avenue, a car wash was ready, closing early because of the storms.

And then it hit.

The wind rushed across the road, blowing sideways. With gusts between 20-40 miles per hour, the storm front flew through like a jet.

The same storm system sparked tornado warnings in western Indiana just an hour earlier. It calmed somewhat as it hit the city, but not too much.

"It's a bit hectic, to say the least," said one man trying to drive through it. Visibility was "scarce," he said.

In low-lying spots, there was street flooding. The light show continued in Zionsville in Boone County and high water stalled Michael Wirey's car in Bloomington.

"Tried to drive through," he said, referring to the flooded intersection at 6th and Indiana.

Others made it through, but Wirey says he "was not so lucky."

"It was at least a foot deep. I had to roll up my pant legs pretty high not to get wet."

High winds damaged a dentist's office in Tipton, where power crews worked to safely remove sheets of metal from power lines. But through it all, only about 4,000 customers of Duke Energy or IPL lost power in the storms.

The rain also increased the risk of flooding in several parts of central Indiana. Creeks and rivers already running fast and high from melting snow and ice are swelling even further with the rain water. In some cases, chunks of ice are damming the streams, backing water up even further, threatening homes and roads.