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Storms may push rivers near flood stage

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

As of press time, The National Weather Service (NWS) based in Indianapolis had lifted its Flash Flood watch for most of the area from Sullivan and Terre Haute east to North Vernon.

However, according to the service, another round of thunderstorms with heavy rain was expected to track across west central Indiana into south central Indiana in the early hours Wednesday, and may linger through Thursday.

Counties which were under the watch, which expired at 5 p.m., Tuesday, included Clay, Putnam, Vigo, Owen, Morgan, Johnson, Sullivan, Greene, Monroe, Brown, Bartholomew and Decatur. Some counties, excluding Clay, are under a new watch through this morning.

According to the service, a flood warning continues for the following rivers in central and southern Indiana: Big Blue River, East Fork White River, Eel River, Muscatatuck River, Sugar Creek, Wabash River and White River.

The service stated the flood warning will continue for the Eel River at Bowling Green into Thursday morning.

At 7 p.m., Tuesday, the stage was 15.2-feet. Flood stage, according to the service, is 15-feet. Minor flooding remains in the forecast.

The service forecasted the river will rise above the flood stage later tonight and continue to rise to near 19-feet by about 2 a.m., Wednesday, before falling back below the flood stage sometime around 11 p.m.

At 19.1-feet, flood waters covers both lanes of State Road 42, just east of the Eel River.

From Monday through Tuesday, much of central Indiana had received between 2-5 inches of rain. The NWS also advised flooding in some areas may be the highest it has been since June 2008.

NWS also issued a safety message, stating motorists should never drive into flood water and keep children away from flooded areas.

For detailed flood information, visit weather.gov/ind.

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