By Ken de la Bastide
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON – Significant flooding was reported in southern Madison County along Fall and Lick creeks on Saturday and Sunday.
The Madison County area received between 2.9 and 3.2 inches of rain during the period from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.
Danny Gardner, chief of the Pendleton Fire Department, said Sunday several people were evacuated from their homes in the Markleville area and three people were rescued from their stranded car.
Gardner said the driver of the vehicle misjudged the depth of the water flowing over the intersection of county roads 300 West and 1000 South late Saturday. An adult and two juveniles were safely removed from the stalled car.
Residents of three mobile homes on New Columbus Road were evacuated as a result of rising waters from Fall Creek. The residents found temporary housing with family members, said Maj. Brian Bell of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
Bell said several roads in the southern part of the county were considered impassable on Sunday including 300 East, south of 600 South and parts of 640 South as well as 100 West at Huntsville Road.
Gardner said firefighters also had to corral two propane tanks that broke loose from a house along Fall Creek.
Todd Harmeson, public information officer for the Madison County Emergency Management Agency, said Fall Creek continued to rise Sunday afternoon with portions of Falls Park underwater.
Harmeson said several other people evacuated their homes on Indiana 109 by Fall Creek or the utilities were turned off as a safety precaution.
The National Weather Service reported the White River in Anderson at 16 feet at 3:30 p.m. and was expected to crest at 17 feet at 1 a.m. Monday. The White River at Raible Avenue was reported at 14.38 feet.
The flood stage for the White River in Anderson is considered 10 feet. Moderate damage can be expected at river levels above 15 feet.
Harmeson said the current predicted levels for the White River should not pose a problem for residents of the Park Place neighborhood.
He said at the current level the areas of Edgewater Park and Grand Avenue would flood.
Grand Avenue was closed to traffic on Sunday and large portions of Shadyside Park were under water.
A portion of Indiana 38, east of the intersection with Indiana 13 south of Lapel, was closed for several hours Sunday after a tanker truck drove off the south side of the road and overturned at 2:34 a.m.
No injuries were reported in the crash by the Indiana State Police Pendleton Post. The road was closed for approximately four hours while crews off-loaded and righted the tanker, which was carrying gasoline.
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