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State of Emergency, Travel Warning in effect for Tipton County

TIPTON COUNTY – Officials have declared a State of Emergency in Tipton County because of flooding that has blocked some roads and made others impassable.

State Road 28 from U.S. 31 to State Road 19 is closed. Traffic from State Road 19 will be rerouted to Division Road and then onto U.S. 31. Almost all roads immediately south of the city of Tipton are closed. Drivers should avoid the area if possible.

A Travel Warning is in effect for the county, meaning that only emergency personnel are supposed to be on the roads. Residents should stay home unless it’s an emergency situation.

Various agencies are using boats to evacuate homes where flooding has become severe.  So far, crews have rescued about 22 people from areas around Tipton. An emergency shelter has been set up at the Ash Street Wesleyan Church.

Homeowners should monitor the water level. If you feel you’re in danger, call 911.

Drivers should obey road barricades and follow the instructions of personnel directing them away from road hazards. If drivers see high water on the road without a barricade, emergency officials urge them not to drive through—it only takes a few inches of water for a car to float.

Road Closures:

  • 500 West 400 South 600 South
  • 300 West S.R. 28 400 South
  • 500 South 400 West U.S. 31
  • 400 West S.R. 28 450 South
  • 400 South 300 West 500 West
  • 300 South 200 West 300 West
  • 200 South S.R. 28 200 West
  • 100 South 1075 West Kempton
  • 450 South 50 West 100 East
  • 200 East AT 500 South
  • 200 East AT 600 South
  • 800 West S.R. 28 300 South
  • 400 West 100 North 300 North
  • 300 West 200 North 300 North
  • Fairgrounds at Millers Merry Manor

Photo of Tipton Elementary parking lot courtesy Indiana State Police

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