Flood waters begin to recede in Central Indiana - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Flood waters begin to recede in Central Indiana

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State Road 46 in the Columbus area - Photo courtesy Dean O'Neal (taken Monday, Dec. 23) State Road 46 in the Columbus area - Photo courtesy Dean O'Neal (taken Monday, Dec. 23)
Sunset Park in Shelbyville (that's a swingset submerged in flood waters in the distance) - Jayden Dover Sunset Park in Shelbyville (that's a swingset submerged in flood waters in the distance) - Jayden Dover
INDIANAPOLIS -

Many neighborhoods and businesses are still dealing with flooding left over from weekend storms, but water levels are finally starting to recede.

An office building on Emerson Way remained flooded Tuesday, but 24 hours ago, the flood water was six feet higher than it is now.

Portions of Fall Creek Road that were under water and shut down Monday were back to normal today.

Fall Creek and the White River were both expected to crest in Indianapolis by late morning, and that's exactly what happened.

"We're really close to crest right now if not past it already," said Lynn Lopez, American Red Cross volunteer.

Lopez is a disaster recovery volunteer for the American Red Cross. She spent the morning assessing the Ravenswood neighborhood, where most mailboxes are under water but most homes are not.

"I don't think we're getting a lot of calls right now and I can see why," she said.

Further south, the Big Blue and White Rivers were still well above flood stage.

"I've not seen in the last three years the water at this level. For this water to be up that high and cresting all the way through here is pretty remarkable," said Matt Duncan, flooding witness.

The road closures led to some rather remarkable commutes for many residents in Johnson and Bartholomew Counties. For much of the day, major roads and intersections there were closed due to high water around Columbus and Edinburgh. Making matters worse, that flood water turned into flood ice in some places, making Chris Grimes' short drive to work a whole lot longer.

"Coming down, it took about an hour and half to get here. All the ramps are closed. All the bridges. It was just a mess," he said.

Some Columbus businesses are still closed because of flooding. Others have to re-route their customers. But Indiana State Police are optimistic.

"The water is dropping fast so that will help us out," said Trooper Korry Clark.

With rivers and streams now going down, the number of hassles caused by all this flooding is expected to diminish.

Notes: 

US 31 in the Edinburgh area has reopened after being closed due to weekend flooding.

The flood warning is no longer in effect for Fall Creek in the Millersville area. At 12:45 pm, the stage was 9.7 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. The river will continue to fall to 7.2 feet by early Wednesday.

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