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2:36 p.m. update:
State Road 11 at Garden City will remain closed for the afternoon and evening, said Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.
"We don’t anticipate it being re opened today," Myers said.
2:10 p.m. update
The flood-related closure of State Road 11 southwest of Columbus has caused significant traffic congestion on Jonathan Moore Pike.
Many motorists who normally drive through Garden City, where the highway is currently closed due to high water, are now utilizing State Road 46 West, according to Bartholomew County Sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Todd Noblitt.
As a result, drivers have faced delays getting to their destinations.
Noblitt is urging drivers to allow extra driving time until the waters recede and State Road 11 is reopened.
While temperatures are expected to become more seasonable on Wednesday, below-freezing temperatures are expected to leave ice on recently-flooded roadways, Noblitt said.
While only minor flooding is reported southwest of Columbus, more severe conditions continues along the Driftwood River in northern Bartholomew County, which will remain under a flood warning until Thursday morning.
The Driftwood is expected to continue rising to near 14.8 feet today, which is almost four feet above flood stage, according to the NWS. The weather service predicts the Driftwood will finally recede below flood levels late Wednesday night.
11:13 a.m. update
The Indiana Department of Transportation said rising waters have caused the closure of State Road 11 between County Road 200S and Indiana 46. The closures will remain in effect until waters recede.
When encountering a flooded roadway, INDOT urges drivers to turn around and not drive through standing water. According to the National Weather Service, most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. Six inches of standing water is enough to cause passenger cars to stall and a foot of water will float many vehicles. For the latest news and information about INDOT, please visit www.in.gov/indot and www.trafficwise.in.gov .
COLUMBUS, Ind. — State Road 11 at Garden City is closed due to high water across roadway, police said.
Columbus police officers have been in the area monitoring the road closure and have written several drivers tickets for disobeying the barricades, said Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.
Drivers that usually use this route of travel will have to use an alternate route this morning, Myers added.
Drivers should not put themselves at risk and cross road closed signs because of high waters.
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