Storms rake county
Storms which roared through Decatur and Adams County around 11 p.m. Tuesday brought some damage and heavy rain..
Officials at the Decatur weather station said the city received 1.12 inches of rain, pushing the St. Marys River to 13.9 feet at 7 a.m. today — a jump of 9 feet in just 24 hours.
Berne received 1.27 inches of rain.
At 8:30 a.m. today, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Wabash River near Linn Grove from late Thursday night until Sunday morning.
The river was at 6.8 feet and rising on Tuesday night. More rain is forecast for Friday, and the NWS said if that forecast holds true the river is expected to rise to near 11.2 feet by Friday afternoon. Flood stage is 11.0 feet.
Decatur and Adams County remained under a flood watch this morning.
The next chance of rain in this area is listed at 40 percent for Thursday night. Then there's a 60 to 70 percent chance of showers and maybe a thunderstorm on Friday and Friday night. Chances of rain on Saturday are slight at this time.
Adams County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August said this morning that two fairly new outbuildings, believed to be pole barns, lost their roofs and the contents were scattered along the ground for about a half-mile in the 6000 block of County Rd. 400 West.
August also said three large trees in a row were blown down and blocking CR 500 West between CR 400 South and CR 500 South. Those trees were cut up and removed this morning by the Adams County Highway Department.
The Indiana State Police reported a stretch of US 27 in Jay County was closed briefly on Tuesday evening as a result of the storms. An ISP spokesman said the highway was closed between County Roads 400N and 500N due to several power poles and power lines that had blown down across the roadway.
The highway was reopened shortly after midnight.
The storms that blew through the area on Tuesday night spared Adams County any power outages, according to Dave Mayne, a spokesman at the Fort Wayne regional office of Indiana and Michigan Power. He said this morning that there were outages in the Muncie and Marion areas and also in Fort Wayne.
The Associated Press said this morning that heavy rains and high winds left portions of central and southern Indiana without power and facing the threat of flooding.
Duke Energy said nearly 32,000 customers had no power at 6:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, including nearly 7,000 in far southern Indiana’s Clark County and more than 4,000 in the Bedford area. Other utilities reporter smaller outages.
Indiana State Police said highway, utility and emergency personnel worked overnight to clear downed trees and power lines from roads.
The National Weather Service said some areas of central and southern Indiana received nearly 5 inches of rain late Monday through Tuesday afternoon. It said significant river flooding will occur later this week south of Interstate 70.
The weather service says it recorded a 76 mph wind gust in Evansville late Tuesday.