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Sunday's rain results in flooding problems today


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COLUMBUS, Ind. — By Tuesday, flood levels in the Columbus area 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.

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.

In addition, with freezing temperatures today, drivers are urged to be alert for the possibility of several inches of ice on roads from receding water.

Some of the most severe flooding in the region is occurring along the Driftwood. At 8:30 a.m. today, the water was 14.2 feet. That’s more than 3 feet above the 11-foot flood stage.

The Driftwood River is expected to continue to rise to near 14.7 feet before the waters begin to recede early Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.  The NWS added levels are not expected to fall back below flood stage until late Wednesday night.

At mid-morning today, the following flood conditions were reported to the NWS along the Driftwood River:

  •     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 river bank.
  •     The Lowell Public Access site was completely flooded.

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

Meanwhile, only minor flooding is expected along the East Fork of the White River in Bartholomew County. The water level today has already risen above the 9-foot flood stage today. The river is expected to rise to nearly 10 feet by Tuesday morning.

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

At mid-morning Monday, the NWS reported the following along East Fork White River:

  •     County Road 800S is extensively flooded.
  •     Mill Race Park in Columbus is extensively flooded.
  •     Flood waters were expected on State Road 11 in the southbound lane, about one mile north of County Road 800S.

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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