Rushville Republican

December 24, 2013

Local flooding causes road closures and forces detours

By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — There are several low lying areas in the county that become difficult and sometimes impossible to navigate following heavy rains. The areas were taxed during Saturday‚Äôs rain which dropped nearly six inches of moisture locally and impacted by melting snow and subfreezing temperatures that returned to the area Sunday.

County highway and city street department personnel placed signage near a number to the affected areas warning motorist of high or standing water across roadways.

Driving conditions can change rapidly, as some motorists found; a dry and passable road taken to work in the morning may be flooded as they attempt return home later that evening. Standing water which may appear shallow can cause a vehicle to stall and strand a driver and any passengers. A number of motorists found standing and moving water across a number of county, state and city roads and streets Sunday and early Monday as many waterways in the county had not crested.

Members of the Rushville Fire Department water rescue team were dispatched Sunday to a Shelby County road west of Manilla to return two stranded individuals from their vehicle to higher ground. Early Monday morning, a Arlington woman ran into standing water on CR 900W near Base Road shortly after 5:30 a.m., and needed assistance to higher ground after her van stalled in nearly two-feet of water.

A rule of thumb is that if you cannot see the road surface beneath the water do not attempt to drive through it.

These areas and others are subject to flooding:

- CR 800N southwest of Carthage

- Ewbank Covered Bridge on CR 150N

- Norris Covered Bridge on CR 300N

- CR 715W (Homer/Arlington Pike)

- CR 225W south of SR 244

- Flatrock River Road south of SR 44

- CR 800N near CR 450E

- CR 650S near the west entrance of Forsythe Covered Bridge.

With the rain locally, one group of Rushville teens were found paddling a canoe in the 900 block of North Sexton Street on the west side of South Veterans Memorial Park and the low area that makes up the Riverside Park Amphitheater resembled a small pond as a result of the added moisture.

Although no additional rain is listed in the immediate forecast, rivers and streams will not crest from moisture already received for a couple days.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.