Flood waters inundate northern Indiana after 10 inches of rain

August 22, 2014

Strong storms moved through northern Indiana early Friday morning. (Weather Underground)

Flash flood warnings are still in effect in Indiana on Friday morning after 10 inches of rain fell overnight. Schools are closed for the day, and Interstate 69 was closed on Friday morning due to flood waters.

A series of strong storms moved through the Midwest early Friday morning, from northern Illinois through central Ohio. Weather stations in northwest Indiana accumulated four to six inches of rain, but the area around Grant and Blackford counties in east central Indiana was the hardest hit. Radar estimates suggest that over 10 inches of rain likely fell in some locations. A weather observer in Hartford City, Ind. recorded an incredible 9.7 inches of rain as of 8 a.m. on Friday morning.


Radar-estimated rainfall accumulation since Wednesday night. (NWS)

Local rivers are pushing past their banks on Friday, as well. The Salamonie River below Warren, Ind., the St. Mary’s River at Decatur had both climbed into or close to flood stage by Friday morning, and the Mississinewa River near Ridgeville, Ind. was forecast to peak three feet above the flooding threshold.

Some incredible images of the flooding were captured in Blackford and Grant counties.

Photo from Hartford City, Ind.:

Angela Fritz is an atmospheric scientist and The Post's deputy weather editor.
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