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Owen County Flooding Prompts Road Closures

A flooded field in Spencer, Indiana.

Photo: Steve Burns

A flooded field in Spencer in Owen County Indiana.

Owen County Emergency Management is closing several county roads due to flooding and offering sandbags to residents to prevent property damage.

The Owen-Monroe County line road between Gosport and State Road 46 has been closed for five days already, and may stay closed for at least three more.

The White River is currently registering between 19.5 and 20 feet high, but is expected to rise to between 22 and 23 feet and crest between noon and midnight on Sunday.

Owen County Emergency Management Director Jack White says his biggest concern is people driving through floodwaters.

“That is always the problem here, and it takes all of the county resources to respond to runs like that,” White says.

White says drivers should avoid any flooded roads and contact 911 if they spot flooding in new areas.

Monroe County is also experiencing flooding this week, with the dive team responding to two separate calls related to vehicles in flooded roads at Anderson and Bean Blossom Roads early Friday morning.

The National Weather Service has posted flood warnings and flash flood warnings for most of Indiana through Friday of this week. Several schools dismissed early Thursday, and one school in Vigo County canceled Friday classes because of flooding concerns.

Greene County General Hospital is undergoing repairs after heavy thunderstorms caused a pipe to break earlier this week, and Brown County State Park was also forced to close some of its bike trails due to storm damage.

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