The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

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December 21, 2013

Rain pelts county, causing flooding

ANDERSON, Ind. — A storm system that's created headaches for holiday travelers dropped 1 to 2.5 inches of rain on Madison County on Saturday, where it combined with runoff from melted snow to cause flooding in low-lying areas and roadways. One to 2 additional inches of rain were expected to fall overnight.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ryan said the heaviest rains were expected to arrive Saturday night and taper off by Sunday morning. Ryan says flooding along creeks and streams will spill into Indiana's rivers today, causing flooding that's expected to linger for days.

Residents are already seeing localized flooding. Jami Taylor, who lives near Madison Avenue in north Anderson, had water standing in both her front and back yards. She said it’s the most she’s seen in the time she’s lived here.

“There's 8 to 9 inches in a few spots,” Taylor said in response to questions sent via Facebook. “Some areas only have about 3 or 4 inches, so far.”

The water was also causing some unexpected damage to roadways.

On Saturday evening, Monty Jones of Anderson stood in the cold rain changing his daughter's tire in the middle of West Webster Street, just off of Broadway.

There was not a dry piece of clothing on his body.

"I'm freezing," he yelled as he placed lug nuts on the spare tire.

Jaime Jones said she was driving southbound on Broadway with her two children when she hit a pothole 3 feet wide and 18 inches deep.

"You couldn't even see it," she said shivering in the rain.

Monty Jones said his daughter called him to help with her flat tire, and after he arrived more than 15 cars had pulled up next to her car. All the vehicles had been damaged by the same pothole.

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