Seemingly endless spring storms that have hammered Central Indiana for days and left flooding in their wake are slated to stick around through the weekend.
According to the National Weather Service, Marion and its surrounding counties will remain under a flood warning until 11:15 a.m. Friday, and a flash flood watch until 5 a.m. Friday.
Rain that has been falling all day Thursday isn’t expected to let up until Friday night when the chance for showers drops to 30 percent. Between now and then, the forecast calls as much as an inch of new precipitation Thursday, and a half inch of new precipitation Friday.
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A Weather Service outlook tracking forecasted rainfall through Friday predicts a total of 2.42 inches to fall in the Indianapolis area when it’s all said and done.
But the rain has already made a major impact. In addition to flooded lawns and high water closing some roads, flooding on Thursday. On Facebook, officials said that the building was suffering from leaks.
In Hamilton County, a yellow level travel advisory was issued for unincorporated roads.The advisory means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation.
“Individuals should use caution or avoid those areas,” said a statement from the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency. “Highway crews will be out placing ‘High Water’ signs and barricades in areas where water has crested the roadway. Rainy conditions are expected to last through Saturday.”
The advisory also reminds residents to never drive into flood water, and keep children away from flooded areas.
“It takes only a few inches of swiftly moving water to cause a person to lose balance and as little as six inches of water can sweep away a full sized truck or SUV,” said a statement from the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency.
Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith issued a safety warning Thursday urging residents to be proactive when it comes to flooding.
“Residents who live in areas of predicted concern where rising waters frequently occur are asked to pre-plan moving their cars to higher ground and have a place to stay in the event of rising waters,” Reith said in a statement. “IFD Special Ops personnel are performing windshield surveys of low lying areas and report that continued rains may bring moderate flooding beginning Friday evening and peaking late Saturday to early Sunday.
“Calls for service are anticipated and top water crews are currently being briefed to expect an uptick in runs.”
Reith added that much like the IFD asks residents to have a family evacuation plan in the event of fire, they are asking residents to develop a similar plan for flooding. These situations can escalate quickly, and everyone should know what they’re doing and where they’re going to stay safe.
Friday’s 30 percent chance of rain will extend into Saturday before the skies clear Saturday night. As of now, Sunday looks to be the only break we’ll get, as the extended National Weather Service forecast shows a 30 percent chance of rain from Monday through Wednesday. Daytime temperatures are expected to remain in the high 50s, and nighttime temperatures should be in the high 30s.
While this spring has been a wet one so far, the silver lining is that it could have been worse.
An April climate summary from the National Weather Service says that while monthly precipitation was above normal for nearly the entire state, it ranked as just the 24th wettest on record in Indianapolis. The big difference maker was the storms that covered the state from April 28 to May 1.
In Indianapolis, 5.6 inches of precipitation were recorded, according to the summary. That’s up from the monthly average of 3.13 inches, but down from the 5.86 inches that fell in April 2016. The most that fell in a 24-hour period was the 2.51 inches recorded from April 28 to April 29.
Record rainfall came in 1893 when 8.6 inches of precipitation were recorded,
“Totals in Central Indiana ranged from 3 to over 9 inches. Much of the state received 4 to 8 inches for April,” according to the Weather Service report. “Rainfall at the end of April erased abnormally dry conditions that had persisted since the end of March in portions of Southwest Indiana.”
The longest dry stretch of the month was five days when no rain fell from April 22 through April 26.
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