Indiana roads flooded from rainfall, melting snow

Power outages, damage result of storm

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Rainfall and melting snow are combining to flood some Indiana roadways.

The National Weather Service posted flood watches for several portions of the state Thursday as higher temperatures began melting some of the state's snowpack amid rain showers.

In addition to flooding, the storms caused some minor damage and power outages across the state. 

Indianapolis Power & Light Company reported around 300 outages at 12 a.m. and Duke Energy reported about 3,000 outages.

Officials in Tipton County confirmed minor damage on the town's west side. A 10-foot section of the roof of a dentist's office was ripped off and a small aluminum shed nearby was taken down.

Hamilton County officials reported high water near Promise Road and 196th Street.

The weather service reported South Bend set a record daily maximum rainfall with 1.17 inches by Thursday afternoon. Storms entering the state Thursday evening brought the potential for more rainfall.

Several counties, particularly in western Indiana, posted travel watches Thursday recommending only essential travel because of flooded roads.  Several other counties posted lower-level advisories suggesting motorists put off travel or to use caution if they did take to the roads.

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