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Central Indiana residents clean up after small tornado, flash flooding forces evacuations


MOORESVILLE, Indiana — Indiana residents were cleaning up Sunday after a storm dumped up to 4 inches of rain in areas and caused flash flooding and spawned a small tornado that knocked down about 100 trees.

Rachel Massey was thankful her teenage daughter wasn't at her home in Princes Lake, about 30 miles south of Indianapolis, when a tornado the National Weather Service estimates had winds of up to 85 mph blew a massive tree into the girl's bedroom about 3:45 a.m. Sunday.

"Honestly I feel blessed that she wasn't here and we're all safe. And I just think it is a crazy coincidence but I really feel blessed, somebody was really looking out for us," Massey told WTHR-TV in Indianapolis.

No injuries were reported, but about 10 homes were damaged by falling trees. Johnson County Emergency Management Director Stephanie Sichting said the tornado first touched down west of Trafalgar and touched down several times.

Further west, in Mooresvile, about 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis, about a dozen homes had to be evacuated because of fast-rising water after the area was hit by torrential rain about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

"The alert on our cellphones went off and we looked out the window and the water was up to our front door and so I came to the back of the house and the water was gushing in," Barb Taylor said. "We tried to remove the water but it was coming in so fast so we just evacuated."

Mooresville police dispatcher Dave Rogers reported 12 homes in the town 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis had to be evacuated.

"They had water coming into their houses and needed help getting out," Rogers said.

No injuries were reported, he said.

Several families were put up in hotels, said John Erickson, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

He also said debris had accumulated under a railroad bridge and was causing some flooding.

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