Hoosiers stay on their toes as 30 Ind. counties stay under flood warnings

INDIANAPOLIS - People are either bailing water out of their homes Monday night, or nervously watching swollen rivers and creeks after heavy weekend rains.

The National Weather Service (NWS) extended flood warnings for 30 counties across central and southern Indiana until 8 p.m. Monday. Fall Creek crested by 5:30 p.m. Monday and the NWS said it will not drop below flood stage (10 feet) until Wednesday.

The weather service says water running off from heavy weekend rains and snow melt will continue to cause flooding of small creeks and streams and cover some highways, roads and underpasses.

"A lot of the homes and businesses (have been) affected and the damage is quite devastating," Bloomington resident Skip Daley said.

In Indianapolis, high water covered part of a shopping center on the city's northeast side and completely covered all lanes of a portion of Fall Creek Parkway, a major thoroughfare, on Monday morning. 

The NWS reported water levels at Fall Creek standing about 14.5 feet.

Tom Ulsas lives near Fall Creek and he said the area has flooded in the past, but the water has never been so high.

"I was taken aback. I hadn't expected this. I heard there was someone who tried to go around the barricades, but they had to bail him out," Ulsas said.

The NWS warned drivers that it only takes a foot of water to float.

Some of the other locations covered by the extended flood warnings are Muncie, Anderson, New Castle, Shelbyville, Martinsville, Bloomington, Columbus, Seymour, Terre Haute, Vincennes and Greencastle.

Three to 7 inches of rain have fallen across central and southern Indiana since Friday.

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