Historic floods in Indiana wipe out crops

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Historic floods in Indiana wipe out crops

. 8 Jun 08 - Here's an email that I received from a reader in Indianapolis:

Hi Bob,

“It is difficult to find the right words to describe the mess that central and southern Indiana current is,” says reader Dan Hammer.  “The region has taken a beating of late in the form of heavy rain and severe storms.  My family came home Thursday evening from the Cincinnati area where they saw flooded fields.  We haven't been able to get a break from this rain where things can really dry out. Well things went from bad to worse Friday evening and in to Saturday around noon.

“An area of storms formed around I-70 and south and moved pretty much from west to  slightly north of east.  Basically one storm after another over the same spot.  I was far enough north that I missed the first few waves of this but my luck ended at midnight.  Fortunately my area doesn't flood but you have to go no more than about a mile to run in to flooding.  The further south you go the worse it gets.   Some areas are reporting the worst flooding in history.

"Here is a list of locations in Indiana reporting major flooding.  This is major flooding as defined by the NWS.  An asterisk represents a record flood.

Clifty Creek near Columbus 22.16 feet
Youngs Creek at Amity 14.84 feet*
Sugar Creek near Edinburgh 19.23 feet*
Flatrock River at Columbus 19.83 feet
Clifty Creek at Hartsville 17.83 feet
White River at Eagle Valley Generating Station 612.2 feet (missed record by 1.3 feet)
Mill Creek near Cataract 22.62 feet
White River at Spencer 25.42 feet
Eel River at Bowling Green 23.48 feet
White River at Elliston 29.23 feet
White River at Newberry 24.82 feet

"The fire station in Edinburgh, IN reported a storm total of just under 11 inches of rain (10.94").  There is a great deal of farm land from I-70 and south.  There will certainly be crops that are a total loss.  There is no place for all this water to go. Fields will likely remain flooded for a while and the crops will rot.

"Here is the Indianapolis Star photo gallery.


"I've seen a number of the places that are shown in the gallery.  I even used to work right next to one of the areas that was flooded and I had never seen standing water there before.  Friday night was not supposed to be like this.  I think this caught many people off guard."


Dan’s website is www.ClimatePatrol.com



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