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.
"Every one of them were hitting it and getting a flat tire. It was nuts," he said. "There is concrete from that pothole more than 15 to 20 feet away from it from all the cars hitting it."
The Jones family was upset that the police department refused to take a police report for the damage caused to their vehicle, but officers had stationed a police car in front of the location until the street department could address the situation.
"The city said they were taking awhile because of the flooding," Jaime Jones said. "But this is getting dangerous."
Other residents reported flooding on Euclid Drive, where drains were not funneling water from the roadways. And scanner traffic from police indicated flooding was becoming a problem across the county Saturday night, with some roads becoming impassable.
The NWS has several flood-related warnings and watches issued for Madison County, the latest set to expire on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m. The weather service says excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of creeks, streams and country roads.
According to the NWS, the White River in Anderson was a 7.6 feet Saturday afternoon. Flood stage is considered 10 feet. Officials expected the river to rise about flood stage Saturday night and continue to rise to near 15.6 feet by tonight. The river should return to below flood stage by late Tuesday evening.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.