Counties issue travel warnings after heavy flooding
Heavy overnight rains have flooded rivers, streams and streets across central Indiana, causing several counties to issue travel restrictions.
The flooding prompted Boone County just northwest of Indianapolis to declare a local state of emergency Friday morning and urge residents to stay home and off roadways. County emergency management agency spokesman Chris Burcham says authorities have helped with numerous vehicle evacuations.
Late Friday afternoon, Boone County officials downgraded the situation from a travel warning to a travel watch, which recommends only essential travel for residents.
He says the communities of Lebanon and Zionsville have both had at least one home evacuation due to high waters that followed overnight storms which dropped more than three inches of rain on some parts of central Indiana.
Tipton County has also declared a state of emergency and posted a list of several roads that were closed due to flooding in the county. (View the list of closed roads here.)
Police say motorists should not travel through Tipton County, especially in the area of Tipton and immediately south of the city because most roads are closed.
Police say State Road 28 from U.S. 31 to State Road 19 is closed because water covers the road.
State police say authorities are using boats to evacuate individuals trapped in their homes by flood waters.
Eleven people and two dogs were evacuated from homes along Sugar Creek near Thorntown Friday morning. No injuries were reported.
Although nearly all of that rain has pushed east of the state, most of Indiana remains under a flood watch.
The National Weather Service says the cities of Fort Wayne and Indianapolis both set records for rainfall in a day, with both cities receiving more than 2 inches of rain.
The weather service reports that 2.32 inches of rain fell in Fort Wayne on Thursday, setting the record for the most rain ever to fall in the city on April 18. That broke the old mark of 0.97 inches that fell on that date in 1978.
The weather service says 2.29 inches fell in Indianapolis on Thursday, breaking the mark for that date of 1.27 inches that fell in 1887.
Hamilton County update
A Travel Watch has been issued for Hamilton County until 12:00am on Saturday, April 20th. During a Travel Watch only essential travel such as to and from work or in an emergency is recommended. Emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.
The White River, Cicero Creek and many other local waterways in Hamilton County continue to rise and are not expected to crest until late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
The evening commute will still be treacherous and motorists are encouraged to take extra caution while driving. Do not attempt to drive on roadways covered with water.
Current Hamilton County Road closings at 1:00pm:
146th Street and Springmill Road
146th Street and Towne Road
156th Street between Joliet Road and Little Eagle Creek Avenue
186th Street and Deshane Avenue
186th Street and Promise Road
193rd Street and Springmill Road
206th Street and Durbin Road
216th Street and Cammack Road
221st Street east of SR 19
226th Street and Anthony Road
236th Street and Anthony Road
241st Street and Anthony Road
241st Street between Fall Road and Overdorf Road
246th Street between Ray Parker Road and Cornell Road
256th Street between Brehm Road and Ray Parker Road
256th Street between Cornell Road and Ray Parker Road
256th Street between Henry Gunn Road and SR 37
266th Street between Cornell Road and Henry Gunn Road
266th Street between SR 19 and Startsman Road
276th Street between US 31 and Arthur Baker Road
276th Street between US 31 and Salem Road
Anthony Road between 246th Street and 256th Street
Anthony Road between 266th Street and 281st Street
Crooked Creek Road between SR 37 and 281st Street
Duck Creek Avenue 271st Street and SR 37
Edith Avenue between Boulder Drive and Cumberland Road
Fall Road between 234th Street and 246th Street
Mt. Pleasant Road between 246th Street and 266th Street
Mule Barn Road between SR 32 and 186th Street
Ray Parker Road between 246th Street and 256th Street
River Road north of 146th Street
River Road between 160th Street and Noblesville City limits
Riverwood Avenue and 211th Street
Riverwood Drive and Tippecanoe Drive
SR 213 between 246th Street and 256th Street
Hague - 32 to Lakeview
State Road 19 at Forest Park
Millcreek - 32 to 38
State Road 38 at Hague
State Road 38 & Oakmont
State Road 38 & 32 at River Road
River Road - South of Westbrook Village Trailer Park
Allisonville Road - Westminster to Carbon
Fishers road closures (4:30 p.m.)
Georgia has northbound lane restrictions
Entrance/Exit to Spyglass Hills at Cumberland CLOSED
106th between Cumberland and Tremont CLOSED
Cumberland between Deering St. and 106th CLOSED
Brooks School Park is closed
Cumberland Park is closed
Hamilton Proper is closed
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