River expected to grow to 17 feet Wednesday

A storm system that continues to drop rain across south central Indiana is expected push the East Fork White River to 17 feet at Rockford by Wednesday afternoon.

At 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the river was at 9.72 inches. That’s down from 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve when the river was at 12.43 inches from heavy rains earlier in the week. Flood stage is 12.0 feet.

Anticipated rainfall of 2 to 4 inches from Saturday afternoon through Tuesday, however, is expected to push the river to 17 feet, according to the National Weather Service. A flood warning remains in effect until further notice. A flash flood watch also is in effect through this evening.

Flooding becomes extensive at 17 feet with many local and state roads including State Road 235 east of Medora and State Road 258 west of Seymour flooded.

Since Thursday, 2.30 inches of rain had fallen in the Brownstown area according to the rain gauge at the high school.

Other roads closed when the river goes above 16 feet include:

  • County Road 1200 East north of 700 North
  • Slab Road west of Brownstown
  • 300 North between 100 East and U.S. 50
  • 150 East between 450 North and 300 North
  • The Vallonia Bottoms
  • 550 North and 525 North between 400 East and Seymour city limits
  • 400 East between 300 North and 550 North
  • 800 North between 575 East and 700 East
  • 700 East between 760 North and 725 North
  • 725 North between 760 East and 700 East