The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a flash flood watch for much of our listening area, running through 5 a.m. tomorrow.
The affected area includes Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson and Shelby counties.
Additional rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to develop early this morning through late tonight with the potential to produce significant rainfall. Rainfall of two to five inches has occurred in the last six days with pockets of up to nine inches of rainfall. Additional significant rainfall will likely cause flash flooding in these areas.
The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for the Driftwood River near Edinburgh until Friday morning. At 10:30 last night the river was at 10.5 feet. Flood stage is 11.0 feet. The river is expected to pass 13 feet by Wednesday morning.
Emergency officals are asking you to use caution and you should not drive through water covered streets and roadways. They say that although “High Water” signs may not be posted, if you cannot see the street or roadway, do not attempt to drive through the water.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says that some of these severe storms may occur rapidly. The department suggests:
- Have an all-hazards weather radio nearby during daily activities. Keep the weather radio turned on at a volume loud enough that alerts can be over day-to-day activities. Alerts could provide important details about severe weather, with safety precautions to follow.
- Know where to take shelter in the event of severe weather. Residents living in manufactured housing should identify another location to take shelter.
- Consider turning up the volume on cell phone notifications. Be familiar with the notification settings of weather apps.
- Keep all electronic devices fully charged in case of a power outage.
In areas where flooding is already underway:
- Do not walk or drive through any flooded areas – it takes only six inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult and only two feet to move a vehicle. If a road is closed, find another route.
- Follow the directions of public safety officials – that includes evacuation orders, road closures or requests to stay at home or stay away from certain areas; public safety officials give orders for public well-being. Follow their guidance.
- Pay attention to signage.