Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Downpour Sets Record ; Six Inches of Rain Causes Flash Floods, Closes Some Roads

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Downpour Sets Record ; Six Inches of Rain Causes Flash Floods, Closes Some Roads

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More than six inches of rain fell on the Evansville area during a 30-hour period from Thursday and into Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The record-setting downpour caused flash flooding, especially during the Friday morning commute throughout the Tri-State. The floodwaters quickly receded once the rain stopped Friday morning, but not before causing widespread damage.

The heaviest rains recorded at Evansville Regional Airport fell between 10 p.m. Thursday night and 1 a.m. Friday. According to National Weather Service data, about 2.88 inches of rain fell during that time. But other than flash flooding, the weather service's Paducah, Ky., office was unaware of any significant damage in the immediate Evansville area.

East of Evansville, Indiana State Police closed both westbound lanes of a section Intestate 64 in Perry and Dubois County because of flooding. That closure shut down the interstate between the 63 and 79 mile-markers for about three hours.

Several roads in Vanderburgh County were also closed at various times during the periods of the heaviest rainfall Thursday night.

There were also multiple reports of stranded motorists throughout the county during the overnight hours and into the morning commute. When contacted at 5:45 a.m., a dispatcher who had been working since midnight told the Courier & Press that there had simply been a lot. Law enforcement used social media Thursday night and Friday morning urging motorists not to drive through high water.

"I can't give you a number of how many stranded vehicles there (have been)," the dispatcher said. "There are a bunch."

The overnight rainstorm was the last of several periods of rain Thursday that contributed to surpassing the daily record for precipitation here on April 3. According to the weather service, the 24-hour total for rainfall on Thursday at the Evansville airport was 4.96 inches, which easily eclipsed the previous daily record of 2.86 inches set in 1989. After midnight nearly 1.25 inches more fell at the airport through 6 a.m.

Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth said there were some reports of stalled vehicles in Posey County as well. …

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