What weather officials described as a “micro burst” struck Rushville shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. In its wake, a number of Rushville homes and other structures sustained extensive damage due to falling limbs and uprooted trees.
Strong southwesterly winds also brought down electrical lines which resulted in much of Rushville north of Third Street being without power for as long as six hours; power was restored shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Although officially Rushville received .78 inches of rain during the storm, many areas in the city reported up to 1.5 inches of rain. Some unofficial reports put the precipitation total even higher than that.
“The problem was that along with the wind the majority of the rain came in a relatively short period of time, roughly about 30 minutes,” Indiana Department of Homeland Security District Program Manager Rob Puckett said.
One tenant in the 800 block of North Morgan Street was glad his daughter was unhurt when a large section of a tree fell in front of their house as she returned home from school. Moments later a second tree fell and destroyed the front porch of their home.
Damage was widespread and included a tree destroying a house in the 700 block of North Jackson Street, an upstairs apartment at 533 North Sexton, the large tent was downed at Riverside Park Amphitheater and a garage in the 800 block of North Morgan Street.
Rushville City Street Department employees were busy Tuesday evening and Wednesday removing downed trees and removing limbs throughout the city.
Assisting during the storm with traffic and in securing unsafe areas were the Rushville Police Department, Rush County Sheriff’s Department, Rushville Fire Department and local C.E.R.T. members.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 795.932.2222 x106