Flooding forecast in central, southern Indiana

Hamilton, Marion Co. offer sandbags to residents

INDIANAPOLIS - The National Weather Service posted flood warnings Friday along southern and central Indiana streams and predicted the highest flood crests along the East Fork of the White River since April 2011.

Two to more than 4 inches of rain was expected to fall over central and southern Indiana from Saturday morning through Sunday morning, combining with several inches of melted snow to create Christmas week flooding, the weather service said. The heaviest rainfall was expected to fall south of Interstate 70.

The affected streams also included the Wabash, White, Mississinewa, Muscatatuck, Big Blue, Driftwood and Flatrock rivers and Buck, Clifty, Fall and Sugar creeks, the weather service said.

Streams began rising Friday, but sharper rises were expected after Saturday evening.

In central Indiana, Indianapolis and Hamilton County officials said they were making sandbags available to residents over the weekend to protect property from floodwaters.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said its crews would patrol state roads and post high water signs or close roads as needed. It also urged motorists to exercise caution and turn away from flooded roadways.

With temperatures forecast to fall Sunday night and Monday, the department warned that roads could become slick with ice.

The agency said motorists can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or by calling toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623) for INDOT's TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

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