Hoosiers brace for Thursday’s rain and strong storms

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INDIANAPOLIS – Rain and strong storms are expected to pound central Indiana on Thursday, with severe weather possible in the afternoon.
You may want to allow extra time for your morning commute. Huge, piled-up pieces of snow can hold rainwater on the street, especially if the storm drain is blocked.

“Tomorrow’s an important weather day,” said Jason Puma, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

Puma’s studying models and finalizing his Thursday forecast, one that calls for strong storms for us weather-weary Hoosiers. Here’s the problem. Snow is piled up everywhere, and when rain hits it, it just runs off. The ground is saturated and frozen.

“It’s going to hit the concrete. It’s going to hit frozen ground, ice. It’s going to run into the street, run into the creeks and streams,” said Puma.

That means short-term, flash-flooding Thursday is a concern. Into the weekend creek, stream, and river levels could rise because of run-off water.

Some homeowners can’t see their storm drains.

“If I see one peek out I’ll definitely clear some of the snow to help the drainage,” said Carson King, of Fishers.

King said he might try to clean his storm drain out on Thursday afternoon.

“Folks are going to want to ensure that drains are available and open, so the water does have a spot to go,” said Puma, “If you can do that (Wednesday night) prior to the rain falling that’d probably be a good thing, and I’m sure the Department of Public Works would appreciate that.”

FOX 59 talked to the Indianapolis Department of Public Works Wednesday afternoon. A spokesperson said they’d been overwhelmed filling potholes during the recent dry spell. They are also keeping an eye out for blocked drains on the side of city streets.