Gordon leaves behind rain-swollen rivers


Tribune Staff Reports

The remnants of Hurricane Gordon, which moved slowly through the area over the weekend, left behind rain-swollen rivers in southern Indiana, including Jackson County.

The East Fork White River is expected to crest at 15.9 feet at midnight Tuesday because of the rain from the tropical depression, which headed east after hovering over the Midwest for much of the weekend.

Nearly 4 inches of rain fell in the central part of the county, according to the weather station at Brownstown Central High School. That rain brought the total for September to 5.41 inches and the year’s total to 39 inches, 6.13 inches more than normal at this point in the year.

The river is not expected to fall below flood stage of 12 feet until sometime Thursday. At 16 feet, extensive lowland flooding is affecting agricultural lands, according to the weather service. A flood warning also is in effect at this time.

Many county and state roads in flood plains become impassable by high water, including State Road 235, east of Medora; State Road 258, east of Cortland; County Road 725N; and possibly State Road 39, south of Tampico. High water also affects county roads near Vallonia and Shieldstown; Slab Road, west of Brownstown; County Road 525N near Seymour’s wastewater treatment plant; Honeytown Road; and possibly State Road 250, east of Dudleytown, and State Road 256, west of Austin.

Police and the weather service advise motorists to never drive into floodwaters and to find another way. Children also should be kept away from flooded areas.

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