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Columbus man rescued on South Marr Road


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Flood levels in the Columbus area today are expected to be the highest they’ve been since the spring of 2011, when rivers crested at 14 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

In addition, drivers are urged to be alert for the possibility of ice on roads from receding water that has frozen.

Flooding resulted in the rescue of a Columbus man Monday morning after he drove his car into a flooded area near the convergence of Clifty Creek and the East Fork White River.

William H. Lovelace, 54, was treated at the scene following the 6:50 a.m. rescue on Technology Boulevard, located off the west end of South Marr Road.

Closed, affected by high water

As of Monday evening, Bartholomew County Emergency Management confirmed the following closures were still in effect:

The bridge on County Road 900N, just east of County Road 300E.

Tinkey Bridge.

The area of County Road 930S and County Road 400W.

The following flood conditions were reported to the National Weather Service along the Driftwood River Monday:

The Double Y Saddle Club area was extensively flooded.

Water was flowing over County Road 950N to the saddle club.

County Road 330W was flooded just south of its intersection with Ohio Ridge Road.

County Road 500N

was flooded just west of County Road 250W, blocking vehicles from getting to homes near the riverbank.

The Lowell Public Access site was completely flooded.

High water was coming toward several homes along County Road 330W and County Road 325W.

On Monday, the weather service reported the following along East Fork White River:

County Road 800S in the Azalia area was extensively flooded and closed to traffic.

Mill Race Park in Columbus was extensively flooded.

Floodwater was expected on State Road 11 in the southbound lane, about one mile north of County Road 800S.

Lovelace was attempting to drive his car along the flooded street when he lost sight of the roadway, according to Maj. Todd Noblitt, spokesman for the Bartholomew County Deputy Sheriff’s Department.

The vehicle veered into a ditch and became partially submerged by the rising river water.

An airboat operated by members of the Bartholomew County Water Rescue and Recovery team was used to rescue Lovelace, Noblitt said.

After almost an inch of rain fell Sunday, meteorologists changed the severity of the flooding warning along the Driftwood River in the Edinburgh area from minor to moderate.

That section of river will remain under a flood warning until Thursday afternoon.

Some of the most severe flooding in the region has occurred along the Driftwood River.

By Monday afternoon, the water level had risen to 14.4 feet, more than three feet above the 11-foot flood stage.

The Driftwood River is expected to continue to rise to near 14.7 feet before beginning to recede early Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Only minor flooding is expected along the East Fork White River in Bartholomew County.

The water level Monday rose above the 9-foot flood stage. The river is expected to rise to nearly 10 feet by today.

At 10 feet, every Bartholomew County road that approaches or crosses East Fork White River will be affected by floodwater, according to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

The East Fork White River is expected to fall below flood stage Wednesday morning. No additional significant rainfall is expected through Friday.

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