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NWS: Flooding Worse Than June 2008 Possible In Some Areas

Heavy rains Tuesday could result in some areas of central and southern Indiana seeing flooding rivaling that of June 2008.

National Weather Service Hydrologist Al Shipe says rivers won’t flood nearly as much as they did a little more than a year ago – when south central Indiana sustained historic breaches of river banks and more than a billion dollars in damage.

“Now the local flooding that’s going to be a different story. Especially those areas where it came down very hard. The flooding could be as bad or be slightly worse than what we had in 2008. But it won’t last very long because the rain is diminishing once this gust front moves through,” he said.

Shipe says the region should expect up to six inches of rain total – which alone will keep southern and central Indiana from seeing massive flash floods.

“The June 2008 [flood] we had widespread six to 12 inches of rain and right now we’re reaching the lower threshold of that. The coverage was bigger in the western part of the state. Now for this event the coverage the rainfall is more extensive than in June 2008,” Shipe said.

Shipe says the National Weather Service has heard of several cars abandoned on flooded roads and says hundreds of trees have been downed by the storms.

At the height of the foul weather, Duke Energy reported nearly 12,000 homes in Monroe County were without electricity. Statewide, 63,000 were in the dark.

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