Flood advisory in effect this morning due to heavy rain

(This story has been updated to show the flood advisory continuing into Tuesday afternoon)

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Bartholomew County and surrounding areas due to continuing heavy rainfall.

The advisory includes portions of central, south central, and southeast Indiana, including the following counties, in central Indiana: Bartholomew and Decatur. In south central Indiana, it includes: Brown, Jackson, Lawrence and Monroe and in southeast Indiana, Jennings.

The advisory continues until 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, with minor flooding in poor drainage areas expected.

Between 1 to 2 inches of rain has fallen so far. Additional rainfall amounts up to 0.5 inches are expected over the area. This additional rain will result in minor flooding.
– Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Bloomington, Columbus, Seymour, Bedford, Greensburg, North Vernon, Brownstown, Nashville, Vernon, Adams, Edinburgh, Mitchell, Hope, Crothersville, Milford, Westport, Princes Lakes, Oolitic, Morgantown and Medora.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Bartholomew County Emergency Management said the county remains in an enhanced risk for severe weather Tuesday.

Wind gusts up to 40 mph are possible with additional rainfall of up to 1 inch. Moderate rainfall can be expected between noon and 6 p.m. resulting in minor flooding along waterways and low areas.

Main Threats:

  • Heavy Rain
  • Large Hail
  • Damaging Wind
  • Possible Tornadoes

Actions/What To Do:

  • Be weather aware.
  • Have multiple ways to receive warnings.
  • Have a safety plan in place and be ready to act when severe weather is imminent.
  • Be ready to seek higher ground should flood waters near your location.
  • Motorists – NEVER cross a flooded roadway.
  • Use caution when driving at night.  Flooded roadways are hard to see in the dark