National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ryan said Southern Indiana has been hit the hardest with some areas around the I-64 area receiving nearly seven inches of rainfall in the last few days. Ryan said this is the tenth wettest April in Indianapolis history, and the city is less than two inches away from attaining the record of 8.6 inches set in 1893.
Bloomington has also already surpassed that number with more than nine inches of rainfall since the beginning of April. That puts the area about six inches above normal for the month….plus an additional three to four inches is expected to fall between now and Thursday.
The rainfall has led to flooded roads in many counties. Scott, Washington, Orange, Martin are among those reporting road closings. In Lawrence County the sheriff’s department reports at least 30 county roads are closed.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesperson Cher Elliott said sometimes the rising waters damage the surface of the roads extending the length of the closure.
“Before we open any road back to traffic we make sure that the roads are clear. If there are any issues where maybe pavements chipped away or there is a pothole that maybe has developed, we go in and make those necessary repairs before we open the roadway back to traffic,” Elliott said.
In far southwest Posey County, a state of emergency is in effect because of the large number of roads that are under water as well as the projected rising waters of the Ohio and Wabash Rivers.