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County could see flooding today

Monday, February 4, 2008

As this winter's wacky weather continues, Clay County residents could experience flooding as 1-2 inches of rain and warm temperatures move through the area.

Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband notified The Brazil Times by e-mail of potential wide spread flooding after a conference call between the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service reported some heavy rains on Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Husband said his office, located at the Clay County Justice Center, is ready for any emergencies that might arise.

At 1:10 p.m., Monday, the NWS issued a flood warning for several major rivers in northern Indiana, including the Eel and Wabash rivers.

WTWO Meteorologist Jesse Walker agreed the Wabash Valley area could experience problems from rising rivers with the anticipated rainfall of 1--2 inches, with more possible in localized areas.

"But it's not just the rain," Walker told The Times Monday evening. "Recent warm temperatures has caused the snow and frozen ground to thaw, which could also potentially cause flooding in streets and low lying areas."

Depending on the path of the low pressure front, Walker expects the southern portion of Clay County, the area around I-70 and south, to be in a risk of severe weather on Tuesday.

But, Walker said temperatures should return to what is considered normal for winter.

"Right now we are one degree from setting a record high temperature," Walker said around 8 p.m. Monday, when the temperature was 60 degrees.

"After Wednesday temperatures should get much colder, which is more like weather in February."

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