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Weekend storm causes flooding, home damage

Monday, January 14, 2013

Greene County residents are warned to be cautious in the aftermath of the storms and flooding from this past weekend.

According to Crystal Pettet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, the Greene County area received anywhere from 2-and-a-half to 3-and-a-half inches of rain Saturday and Sunday.

Pettet said most of the measurable wind ranged from 30 to 40 mph, with a single report of wind speeds of up to 70 mph in Lawrenceville, Ill.

With the amount of rainfall in the area, the White River is expected to crest at 26-and-a-half feet Tuesday evening, and begin to drop Wednesday.

"We are looking at dry weather for the next six days. Next chance for precipitation in the forecast is for Sunday," Pettet said.

Temperatures are expected to be cold for the next several days, beginning in the low-to-mid 30 degree range and slowly warming. Temperatures could get into the 40s by Saturday.

Greene County Sheriff's Department dispatcher Anthony Price said the county did not see any severe damage after the rain and wind hit Saturday night.

The extent of the damage has left roadways flooded and one grain bin in the road on the western side of the county.

"Several roads are flooded. ... People should still use caution and don't travel on roadways covered with water," Price said.

He added State Road 157, east of Worthington, was starting to flood, so motorists should use extreme caution.

"It's washing up chunks of ice onto the road," Price said.

Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell said the fast rainfall left several roads flooded, but they drained off quickly throughout the night.

He added there were power outages during the storm, but most were quickly turned back on.

Jerrell stressed the rainfall, followed by below freezing temperatures, can lead to hazardous road conditions if motorists are not cautious.

"There will be thin, slick patches of ice on the roadways. They need to watch out for shiny areas on the road. It may just look wet, but in all actuality it is frozen. That is what gets people the easiest, and it will make an area extremely slick. Also, overpasses and bridges freeze the quickest and easiest," Jerrell stressed.

One Linton resident incurred damage to his residence and vehicle early Sunday morning after the storm hit.

Around 12:30 a.m. a tree in Bob Dale's yard, located west of Chuckle's Convenience Store, came down on his house and van.

Dale said two large branches of the tree struck the roof of his home and the mini van under his carport.

"What kept it from coming through the house was it also hit the van ... which is a good thing because I was sleeping right under where it hit the house," Dale said.

He added the tree fell with such force it flattened the top of the van, destroyed the carport, struck a storage shed and his back yard is completely flooded.

"The top of the van inside is touching the head rests inside," Dale added, noting he has insurance on his vehicle and home.



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