Weather service issues flood warning


The National Weather Service has continued a flood warning issued for southern Indiana, including Jackson County, this past week.

A combination of snow melt, plentiful rainfall and partially frozen ground had led to flooding along portions of the East Fork White River, which winds its way through from north of Reddington to near Sparksville in far western Jackson County.

Rainfall this past week amounted to 1.5 to 2 inches, and flooding is expected to continue into the first of March with additional rain forecast for this week, according to the weather service. After cresting Friday afternoon at 16.83 feet at Rockford just north of Seymour, the river started receding. Flood stage is 12 feet.

The forecast calls for the river to fall to 9.5 feet at 1 p.m. today before rising again with more rainfall in the forecast. As much as 1 to 2 inches of rain is in today’s forecast along with more rain over the night into Wednesday.

That rain is expected to force the river to 14.5 feet at 7 a.m. Thursday before it gradually starts to fall, according to the weather service.

At 14 feet, pasture lands, agricultural lands and several county and state roads begin to flood. High water isolates a few river cabins. State Road 235 east of Medora and county roads near Shields and Vallonia flood also start to flood. Other roads that begin to flood include State Road 258 east of Cortland, County Road 725 N just north of the gauging site at Rockford and Slab Road just west of Brownstown.

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