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Rainfall causes road closures

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

As a result of heavy rainfall throughout Wednesday, three area roads were closed.

County Road 800 North was closed between CR 400 and CR 500 E, while CR 150 N had an area that was washed out between CR 575 and CR 600 W.

In addition, CR 550 W, south of CR 1350 S in Lewis Township, was closed temporarily due to rainfall.

All three portions of the roads, however, were expected to be reopened today, according to Clay County Highway Department Superintendent Pete Foster.

"They were closed throughout the evening," Foster said. "We had water everywhere."

Foster said the highway department placed barricades up in the areas where the roads were not usable.

"There was a lot of water on the roads," Foster said. "The roadways were flooded pretty good."

Foster advised all motorists to use "extreme caution" if they were driving.

Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband told The Brazil Times none of the county's major roadways were covered.

He added Vigo County suffered more severe flooding than Clay County, as he said officials closed the ramps at Interstate-70 and State Road 46 close to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday.

"The ground was already soaked," Husband said. "Because the ground was already soaked, (the water) didn't have a lot of places to go."

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis placed Clay County under a flood advisory early Wednesday.

The advisory lasted well into the evening.

The service had called for a high wind warning earlier Wednesday that was to last in effect until 1 a.m., Thursday.

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