Hour by hour: Thursday storms, flooding, winds, temperature drop

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(WISH) — High winds and flooding are hitting central Indiana, and freezing temperatures are expected from Thursday night into Friday morning. 

Here’s our live blog of issues:

10:40 p.m. update:

The Jay County sheriff tweeted that State Road 1 is flooded south of State Road 26, which is a few miles west of Portland.

10:10 p.m. update:

Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine, a public information officer with the Indianapolis post, in a tweet told motorists to leave early Friday morning as below-freezing temperatures and slick roads are anticipated.

9 p.m. update:

People living along Jackson Branch Road and Roger’s Dam northwest of Nashville, Indiana, were alerted of a concern about a possible dam breach, according to a Facebook post from The Brown County Democrat. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Brown County Emergency Management requested the assistance of a civil engineer and determined the concern is no longer imminent. Further checks will be completed overnight and Friday morning.

The Brown County Democrat is a WISH-TV news-gathering partner.

8:35 p.m. update:

Four counties in the WISH-TV viewing area are under travel watches: Daviess, Greene, Owen and Rush. Several other counties were under travel advisories. Check the map online

8:10 p.m. update:

Storm Track 8 Chief Meteorologist Ashley Brown chats on Facebook Live about how low the temperatures will go. 

7 p.m. update:

Indiana Department of Transportation warned motorists to expect delays and slick driving conditions Thursday night and Friday morning as temperatures drop. INDOT said its crews are on standby to treat roads with deicing materials. Once the rain stops, INDOT planned to send out yellow trucks to treat roads.

6:40 p.m. update:

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Meyers shared an updated list of roads closed due to flooding:

  • 400N between River Rd and US31
  • 930S between 300W and 400W
  • 800 S between SR11 & US31
  • Northgate Dr. at US 31
  • 300 S between 525 E and 600 E
  • 930 S/SR58
  • Heritage Heights/Henry Lakes – Fremont Dr and Henry Lakes Blvd is flooded. Tyler Dr is the only way to get into the park at this time
  • MARR Rd between 25th St and national (behind target)
  • 800 N/100 W
  • SR58/W

6:30 p.m. update:

Three stories of scaffolding blew over at 1852 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis Fire Department reports. Its crews were sent about 5:15 p.m.  No injuries were reported when the scaffolding fell and hit a car with a mom and daughter inside. 

News 8 photojournalist Alex Hadley reported that the scaffolding was attached to the side of a building. When the winds picked up, it came down as a woman was driving down the road. Her car has a busted windshield and some minor damage. The driver was OK.

6:05 p.m. update

Tipton County emergency dispatchers report signs at a road closing due to construction at the intersection of state roads 28 and 213 in Hobbs have blown over. The Indiana Department of Transportation was headed to the intersection to fix the signs, the dispatchers said.  

5:35 p.m. update:

Sixty residents of a Columbus, Indiana, assisted-living facility have been moved to their families’ homes as a nearby retention pond threatens to possibly flood the building. 

Greentree Senior Living at Columbus, 4895 Pine Ridge Drive, took the action as a precautionary move, said Vicky Colson, the facility’s executive director.

Officials as Westwood Pine Apartments and the Columbus Fire Department were trying to find someone to pump out the retention pond, which is completely full, and has also filled a 12-foot overflow ditch where the soil appears to be possibly giving way. The apartments are located to the east of the assisted-living facility on the west side of Columbus.

Flooding was threatening the Greentree assisted-living facility in Columbus, Indiana, on the afternoon of Feb. 7, 2019. (WISH Photo From Video/Jenny Dreasler)

5:15 p.m. update:

The temperature at Indianapolis International Airport dropped 11 degrees in 11 minutes as a strong cold front passed from 4:55 p.m. to 5:06 p.m. 

4:55 p.m. update:

Hancock County is offering sandbags to residents. The sandbags are at the east gate of the County Highway Garage, 921 W. Osage St., Greenfield.

4:50 p.m. update:

Sheriff Matt Meyers has reported these Bartholomew County roads are closed due to flooding: 

  • 400N between River Rd and US31 is closed
  • 930S between 300W and 400W is closed
  • 800 S between SR11 & US31
  • Northgate Dr. at US 31
  • 300 S between 525 E and 600 E
  • 930 S/SR58
  • Heritage Heights/Henry Lakes – Fremont Dr and Henry Lakes Blvd is flooded. Tyler Dr is the only way to get into the park at this time
  • MARR Rd between 25th St and national (behind target)
  • 800 N/100 W
  • SR58/W 700 S
  • 225 N and Newbern Rd.

4:30 p.m. update:

From news-gathering partner The Daily Journal of Franklin, here is a list of Johnson County roads closed due to flooding:

  • County Road 300N., at County Road 450W.
  • County Road 800N., at Mullinix Road.
  • Whiteland Road and Honey Creek Road.
  • Demaree Road and Honey Creek.
  • County Road 250S., between U.S. 31 and Mauxferry Road.
  • County Road 725 E. between Greensburg Road and County Road 400S.
  • County Road 350S., between Mauxferry Road and U.S. 31.
  • County Road 400S., between Mauxferry Road and U.S. 31.
  • Olive Branch Road and Runyon Road.
  • Morgantown Road at Stones Crossing Road.
  • Grizzly Drive at the football field.
  • Hurricane Road at Whiteland Road.
  • Buckhart Creek Road at Mauxferry Road.
  • 2700 block of S. County Road 225W.
  • W. Madison Street at N. Jackson Street.
  • Walnut Street at W. Jefferson Street.
  • County Road 500W., at County Road700S.
  • Howard Road at Winding Brook Trail.
  • 3500 block of S. Airport Road.
  • County Road 400N., between Graham Road and the railroad tracks.
  • McClain Drive at County Road 500E.
  • County Road 100N., at County Road 500E.
  • The 99 mile marker of Interstate 65.
  • Nineveh Road at County Road 900S.
  • Rozell Drive.
  • Cedarmill Drive and Hurricane Road.

4 p.m. update:

With the forecast indicating below-freezing temperatures overnight, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works will have 80 salt trucks treating city streets Thursday evening. Crews will continue to treat roadways ahead of the Friday morning commute. The Indy Snow Force Viewer will activate at 11 p.m. Thursday to show real-time movements of Public Works trucks.

3:55 p.m. update:

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works provided this list of roads closed due to flooding.

  • 6633 W 79th Street
  • 333 S Lyons Avenue
  • Troy Avenue / Bluff Road
  • Prospect Street / Emerson Avenue
  • Kessler Boulevard E Drive / Keystone Avenue
  • W Morris Street, Bridgeport Road — Girls School Road
  • 3209 Layman Avenue
  • 600 N Shadeland Avenue
  • 5841 Hillside Avenue
  • 3544 N Eaton Avenue
  • N Richardt Avenue, 36th Street — 38th Street
  • 2353 Treasure Row
  • Southeastern Ave / Sherman Drive
  • 2215 Wallace Ave
  • 5410 Susan Drive E
  • Broadmoor Plaza, 54th Street — 56th Street
  • 3509 Auburn Road

3:20 p.m. update:

Storm Track 8 meteorologist Tara Hastings reports, in addition to flood warnings, a wind advisory has been issued until 7 p.m. Friday. Wind gusts up to 40 mph will be possible later Thursday.

Jay County Schools in east central Indiana had been operating on a three-hour delay Thursday but ended up closing for the day because of excessive fog in the county, according to its Facebook page.

3:09 p.m. update:

Storm Track 9 meteorologist Marcus Bailey reports radar shows up to 5 inches of rain has fallen in some counties in the southern half of Indiana, including the communities of Bloomfield, Bloomington and Columbus. 

2:35 p.m. update:

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says these roads are open but have high water signage:

  • County Road 300 North and County Road 450 West
  • Olive Branch Road at Mullinix Road
  • County Road 225 West and County Road 300 South
  • Whiteland Road at Honey Creek Road
  • Demaree Road at Honey Creek Road

2:23 p.m. update:

The Bargersville Fire Department had to rescue three people from the roof of a car at 2744 South County Road 225 West in Franklin.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says several roads are closed due to high water. Barricades are being placed on several roads.

2:04 p.m. update:

The Southport Police Department says Stop 11 is closed between McFarland and Sherman drives due to flooding. The police department says several cars have had to be pulled out. 

1:52 p.m. update:

A jackknifed semi is blocking I-65 southbound in Bartholomew County. Indiana State Police say it is near the 73 mile marker, about five miles north of Columbus.

1:47 p.m. update

The Monroe County Community School Corporation is releasing students early on Thursday. High school and middle school students will be released at 1:50 p.m. Elementary students will be released at 2:50 p.m. The school says it is due to road flooding.

Indiana University Police Department-Bloomington posted this video to Twitter showing high water in the area.

Several other alerts have been issued as well.

Under a flash flood warning:

  • Brown County
  • Daviess County
  • Delaware County
  • Greene County
  • Jackson County
  • Knox County
  • Lawrence County
  • Monroe County

Under a wind advisory:

  • Cass County
  • Fulton County
  • Grant County
  • Miami County
  • Wabash County
  • White County

Under a severe thunderstorm warning:

  • Bartholomew County
  • Brown County
  • Jackson County
  • Johnson County
  • Monroe County

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