Heavy flooding reported across central Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - Heavy rains left roads and yards flooded across central Indiana Thursday, with the northern part of the area especially affected.

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In Hamilton County, multiple roads were fully or partially flooded, among them:

  • 106th Street between Hague and Allisonville Roads
  • Carmel Drive & AAA Way
  • 3rd Avenue & Carmel DriveRangeline Road in Carmel
  • Mill Creek Road in Noblesville between Westfield Boulevard and Sheridan Road
  • 146th Street between Howe and Promise roads

INDOT had also closed a portion of Keystone Avenue near Northgate Street in the Glendale/Broad Ripple area.

In Brownsburg, emergency crews were called to a daycare located on the 7600 block of Eaker Court where 10 children were stranded by water in a home.

Brownsburg firefighters said the nearby road was flooded, but that water hadn't yet reached the house. Nevertheless, the said the day care workers acted responsibly in getting the children to a safe area.

Officials said all 10 children had been picked up by their parents or guardians.

In Westfield, officials reported six water rescue runs in one hour. Four people were rescued from the Open Doors Food Pantry at Jersey and South Union streets. One person was rescued from a business on East Main Street. There were several other rescues throughout the city from drivers who attempted to drive through the high water, officials said.

Citizens Energy officials were warning about the possibility of raw sewage overflows due to the heavy rains. The utility said as little as a quarter-of-an-inch of rain can cause Indianapolis' "antiquated combined sewer system" to overflow into rivers and streams.

Four inches of rain, according to officials, could cause as much as 800 million gallons of raw sewage overflows – or the equivalent of 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

"Raw sewer overflows continue to pose a very serious health threat. Raw sewage contains pathogens including disease-causing bacteria, such as E-coli, as well as parasites and viruses," said Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Health Department. "We urge people to stay away from area rivers and streams over the next several days due to the presence of raw sewage."

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