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High water closes 2 county intersections

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — The intersections of County Road 400 West and 200 South, known as Schnell’s Corner, and County Road 930 South at County Road 400W has been closed due to high water, according to the Bartholomew County 911 Emergency Operations Center.

The Emergency Operations Center also has reported that water is flowing across County Road 300 South between County Roads 225 West and 400 West. However, that road remains passable.

Other roads reported to have high water, but remaining open, include:

  • South Jonesville Road, north of Circle K, where water is standing on the roadway in three places.
  • South County Road 250 East, south of State Street.
  • East 200 South, west of South County Road 250 East.
  • South 220 East, north of State Street.
  • South County Road 400 West, north of West 250 South.
  • 10th Street at Central Avenue.
  • West Goeller Boulevard, south of West 25 South, where water is in the roadway at the curve. 
  • County Road 330 West between County Road 450 North and Ohio Ridge Road.

Bartholomew County is under a flood watch until Friday morning, the National Weather Service reported. Between 2 and 3 inches of rain fell overnight, with another 3 inches or more expected from this afternoon through Friday morning, the National Weather Service reported.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for Haw Creek near Clifford, East Fork White River at Columbus, and the Driftwood River at Edinburgh. The Haw Creek warning is for this afternoon through Friday afternoon. Haw Creek's flood stage is 12 feet, and as of 4:01 p.m. today the stage was 12.8 feet. Minor flooding is occuring. The forecast is for Haw Creek to continue rising to about 13.2 feet by this evening beforel falling below flood stage Friday morning.

The warning for East Fork White River is for Friday evening through Monday morning. Flood stage for the river is 9 feet, and as of 10 a.m. today the stage was 3 feet. The Driftwood River warning is from Friday morning through Monday evening. Flood stagefor the Driftwood River is 11 feet, and as of 10:30 a.m. today the stage was 4.8 feet.

City of Columbus personnel are monitoring stream gauges to predict flooding. Readings currently predict no significant flooding from stream waters within the city, or impact on homes or businesses, a city media release said.

Major transportation arteries in the city should remain open, despite standing water that may affect travel on some city and county roas, the release added.

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