Flood concerns grow as rain continues to fall

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Just two days after record rainfall in Indianapolis, the rain just won’t let up.

A moderate risk for severe weather produced little in the way of damaging winds or hail, but the storms left plenty of rain that will continue through Friday morning. Many area creeks and streams are overflowing or spilling over.

There are reports of flooding across the Fox 59 viewing area. High water has been a problem in several counties, including Howard, Clinton, Hendricks, Hamilton and Boone. Cornfields turned into lakes and roads became impassable in some areas. Areal flood warnings were issued in Grant, Carroll, Parke and Tippecanoe counties as rain continued to fall.

Water flowed over the banks of creeks west of Danville, where neighbors are worried about washed out driveways.

“It gets pretty nuts around here just because you get some low spots that start flooding pretty bad and you get some basements and all that fun stuff, too,” said Drake Whicker.

The area received more than an inch of rain Thursday on top of the record totals of the past couple of days.

“Some of the basements around here are starting to flood,” said Connor Riffey. “We’re probably going to be getting calls about 11 tonight saying, ‘Hey we need to move some furniture out and stuff.'”

Flood watches and flash flood watches are in effect, with flooding likely in areas west of Marion County. Up to 3 inches of additional rain could fall overnight.

As of 10 p.m., an inch of rain had fallen in the city of Indianapolis while Eagle Creek reported about two inches. Frankfort reported 4 inches.  In Upland, 1.75 inches of rain fell in a six-hour span—and looked to continue throughout the night.

Areas prone to flooding

People living in a frequently-flooded area are dealing with more water after this latest storm. Those living in the Frog Hollow neighborhood on the southwest side deal with flash flooding once again.

“It happens every time it rains hard,” said Chelci Wineman, who just moved into her aunt’s home. “It hasn’t had too much rain yet but I know it’s going to. I know it’s going to happen. This is the worst place to live in right here.”

Wineman said her aunt had to buy mud to build a trench in her yard last year. They’ve even had to hold back on their home repairs because of the flooding.

“Since we just got the house, we have a whole bunch of repairs to do. We haven’t even started on the back of the house because there’s so much we have to do.”

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