A Labor Day weekend storm deluged parts of the state, including Brazil with as much as 9 inches of rain and sent many residents running to sandbags still wet from earlier summer floods. Meteorologist Jesse Walker reported rainfall totaling nearly 9 inches in the Brazil area. See his column on page 2.
The rain, which flooded basements and forced a few fire department stations in Clay County to shut down, otherwise did not cause much trouble in Brazil.
"Besides (the basements), the Sheriff's Department didn't respond to many things involving the rain," Sheriff Robert Carter said when asked about the weather's impact. "There were a few incidents on the road, but otherwise we didn't hear much."
Carter continued that one accident occurred when a motorist ignored a "road closed" sign.
Bill Schad, Superintendent of the Clay Community School Corporation, also said that while the rain caused some small problems, there were no huge hassles.
"There were some minor inconveniences," he said, "we had to change a few bus routes and some parents had to meet the bus somewhere other than home, but there was nothing major."
"We're not afraid. We're just astonished," said Latrelle Corbin, 61, of Indianapolis, where a record 7.2 inches of rain fell. "We've never seen rain like this before."
A front across the Ohio Valley combined with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico brought heavy rain to central Indiana and lighter rain to other areas of the state, forecasters said.
Flood warnings were holding Tuesday for 35 Indiana counties following the thunderstorms, which National Weather Service forecasters expect to continue in places through Thursday.
Rainfall in Indianapolis broke a more than century-old, single-day record for rainfall, said Steve Haines, a weather service meteorologist. The previous record of 6.8 inches was set Sept. 4, 1895.
The weather service reported Tuesday that 4-9 inches of rain had fallen across parts of central Indiana since Sunday morning, causing flooding in areas of Marion County that rarely flood.
Police divers continued looking for a driver who was swept away while attempting to cross Fall Creek at Indianapolis.
To the north, more than an inch of rain was reported in Fort Wayne and about three-fourths of an inch in South Bend. Rainfall totals were less than an inch in southern Indiana.