Storms Dump 4+ Inches Of Rain, Drop Hail

Heavy Rain Accompanies Severe Storms In Indiana

Severe thunderstorms pelted much of central Indiana early Monday morning, dumping several inches of rain in some areas, causing flooded homes, cars and roads, along with scattered power outages.

Numerous severe thunderstorm warnings were issued as hail-producing storms with torrential rain began moving through the Indianapolis area at about 4 a.m.

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Floodwaters entered homes on Indianapolis' north side at Glen Hill Drive, near Haverstick Road and Interstate 465.

"I'm just now getting it into the crawlspace, but my neighbors down here are getting it in their homes," said Mike Stanley, who lives nearby. "It's coming up really fast and bad."

Linda Stempel and other homeowners moved their possessions to higher ground.

"This flood that we're having today is by far the worst. I've never seen water like this. It's in our homes. It's consuming our entire yards," Stempel said. "I'm going to have significant damage. It's filling up my crawlspace. It's into my garage."

Stempel said she had complained to the city about drainage problems in the area in the past but that she'd never seen the water rise to the level it did Monday morning.

There were numerous additional reports of high water blocking roads in Marion, Johnson, Shelby, Hamilton and Hancock counties. In Sheridan, officials said up to 80 percent of the community's roads were blocked.

"We've had a few folks that have tried to drive through the water and have found themselves stranded," said Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen. "Fortunately, there has not been any serious injuries or any injuries as a result."

Emergency management officials in Shelby County reported major street flooding in Shelbyville. Several roads were also under water in Franklin, in Johnson County.

In Indianapolis, the high water washed out a heavily traveled bridge along Keystone Avenue just north of 80th Street. Northbound traffic on Keystone was being diverted onto 71st Street and over to Allisonville Road.

Cars were stalled in high water on College Avenue, near 86th Street in Indianapolis. Cars were also stranded in water on Corporation Drive, near Interstate 69.

Linda Higgins was one of several motorists stranded by high water.

"I thought I could get down the path. As I started, I did OK. Then I realized I had made a terrible mistake," she said. "There was nobody to tell me to stop. I didn't realize it was going to be like that. It's miserable. It's just completely miserable."

Employees at Tom Wood Nissan also ran into water troubles.

"I've never seen it this high up before," said Sean McCullough. "It's flooding half our cars. Our salespeople can't even get into the lot."

A lightning strike and subsequent power outage knocked RTV6 off the air for more than an hour.

Nearly 4,500 Indianapolis Power and Light customers were without power as of 11 a.m. Duke Energy reported about 2,300 outages as of 11 a.m., with about 600 of those in Hamilton County.

A cluster of severe thunderstorms packing vivid lightning and up to quarter-sized hail prompted several warnings in central Indiana.

Large hail was reported in Morgan, Johnson, Marion and Lawrence counties.

Strong winds were also reported in Shelby and Cass counties.

Up to quarter-sized hail fell in four separate spurts in some portions of southern Marion County.

There were also several lightning strikes to houses.

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