Rain in Central Indiana raises April up in the record books

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If it seemed like Central Indiana has been getting a lot of rain this month, the data backs up the feeling.

With Wednesday’s rain continuing to fall, the monthly total sat at 8.22 inches of precipitation for April 2013.  That ranks third on the all-time list, with meteorological records dating back to 1871.

The only two wetter Aprils were in 1893 and 1922, when 8.60 inches and 8.55 inches fell, respectively.

Wednesday’s rain comes just days after substantial flooding hit central Indiana and caused a state of emergency declaration in Boone County and other areas.

In Zionsville, Eagle Creek crested Friday at roughly 16 feet high, which was good for the second highest flood level of all time.  The flooding caused the evacuation of about 15 homes there and roughly 25 people were evacuated to a shelter. The area has remained below flood levels through Wednesday’s morning rainfall.