Extensive river flooding returned to western…central and southern Indiana following rains on Friday and Saturday. The map above shows rainfall totals from Friday evening through 7am Saturday. Even more fell after that. Flood levels in southern Indiana will be the highest so far in 2011. Many local roads will be flooded for more than a week. Motorists should use alternate high ground routes.
The White River from Anderson through the downtown Indianapolis areas will crest by Tuesday at levels about 2 feet lower than experienced last week. The White River at Muncie crested early Sunday morning at nearly the same level seen last week. Flooding will end in the Muncie area by Monday.
The most extensive flooding seen so far in 2011 will occur along the White River southwest of Indianapolis, Big Blue, East Fork White, White, Muscatatuck and Wabash Rivers. Flooding will last from a few days in central Indiana to early April in southwest Indiana. Most locations in central Indiana will crest by Tuesday. Flood crests in southwest will not occur until after March 10.
Many small streams in central and southern Indiana had returned to their banks on Sunday afternoon. Fall Creek in Indianapolis, Sugar Creek in Hancock and Johnson Counties, Mill Creek in Owen County and Big Walnut Creek in Putnam County all continued to flood on Sunday afternoon. These streams will not recede until late Monday or Tuesday.
Another inch (perhaps two) inches of rain is possible Tuesday Night into Wednesday. This will prolong current high water and may add somewhat to expected river flood crests in southern Indiana. Extensive flooding will continue along the White and Wabash Rivers in southwest Indiana through March 15. Flooding will likely continue along portions of the White and Wabash Rivers in southwest Indiana into early April.
Significant flooding impacts numerous local and state roads, extensive agricultural land and some residential areas.
Click here for a map showing the amount of rainfall expected the next three days.