UPDATE: Greene County under travel watch

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Park Road in Linton is closed due to rainfall causing flooding in the area.
By Sabrina Stockrahm

Board of Commissioners President Nathan Abrams has placed Greene County under a Level 2 Travel Watch due to the flooding.

According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, a Travel Watch "Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations."

Greene and surrounding counties continue to be under a flood watch until 1 a.m. Friday.

Andrea Snow submitted this photo of her back yard in Linton.
Courtesy photo

The Linton Police Department has urged motorists to stay home if possible.

"Due to current weather conditions, water has crested the roads in the Linton and Greene County area in multiple locations. We ask that if you do not have to travel this evening do not until the water levels drop," LPD requested in a news release. "Roads can become washed out under flowing water you may not be able to see. Other areas of flowing water could be enough to push your vehicle off into deeper waters. Therefore, travel only of you need to at this time."

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), “One to two inches of rain are expected through this evening with locally higher amounts.”

With the rain comes the potential for river flooding.

“River Flooding is expected and will likely worsen due to the additional rainfall. Standing water in fields and along some area roads will occur. This may result in driving difficulties and road closures,” NWS notes.

Severe storms may also hit the area today.

“The combination of a warm front lifting through the region through midday followed by a strong cold front passing through early this evening will bring the threat for widespread heavy rainfall and storms today. Once the cold front passes this evening...rapidly falling temperatures and strong wind gusts will develop,” NWS states.

While storms will be moving through the area today, NWS expects subzero windchills Friday along with some snow this weekend.

“A series of storm systems will bring the threat for unsettled weather Sunday through the middle of next week. There is potential for light snowfall accumulations...especially Sunday and Monday. Subzero wind chills are possible Friday and Friday night. River and lowland flooding will linger into next week,” according to NWS.

Park road in Linton is currently closed.

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