Wicked weather damages property, closes roads, bridges

IPL estimates 2500 residents lost power

INDIANAPOLIS - Flooding across the state not only closed roads, it damaged property and left thousands without power Sunday.

Recent rain closed dozens of roads and bridges across central Indiana.

“It’s just so unpredictable. You don’t know what the road conditions are underneath the water. You don’t know how fast the water is moving, it doesn’t take much water to move a car off the roadway,” said Brent Anderson of Plainfield Fire Territory.

An apartment complex on the south side was damaged by the storm with trees down, ripped siding and torn fences.

“You’re not sure if it’s a tornado or what. Then all of a sudden, I’m just kind of looking out the window and this shingle comes out of nowhere and kind of embeds itself in the screen of my place up there,” said resident John Schorg.

One stranded motorist did eventually make it across a flooded road, but warned against trying to cross high water.

“Don’t do it. You’re not sure of the water or anything like that. If you have any question whatsoever, just don’t try it,” said driver Dale Morgan.

Police advised drivers to follow high water signage and never attempt crossing a barricaded area.

After a weekend of rain and flooding, the forecast calls for rain and a snowy mix in the evening with decreasing temperatures.

A media release said Indy Snow Force has activated its snow and ice removal plan and 90 drivers were activated at 11 a.m. Sunday, with another shift of drivers reporting at 11 p.m. Sunday evening.

Drivers will focus on treating the main thoroughfares with salt and will plow if snow accumulation starts.

Indianapolis Power & Light estimated as many as 2,500 residents did not have power Sunday but crews worked throughout the day to restore power.

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