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June 5, 2014

Storms rumble through Valley, leave lots of rain

TERRE HAUTE — Isolated flooding and scattered power outages were reported around Vigo County on Wednesday after overnight rainfall of 2.5 inches in Terre Haute.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for parts of Vigo, Clay, Owen and Putnam counties early Wednesday, and reported several inches of standing water in parking lots around Terre Haute’s Honey Creek Mall and water pooling on Interstate 70.

Standing water was located along rural ditches and roadways in southern Vigo County; however, Vigo County Central Dispatch reported no flooding problems in the county.

High water signs were placed by the Vigo County Highway Department in the area of Curry drive west of Sullivan Place, and water did cross the road from farm field to farm field. Other areas of pooling and slow draining rainwater were located along First Street north of Vigo Drive, Sullivan Pace south of Battleford Drive and at the intersection of Fruitridge and Margaret avenues.

Duke Energy reported multiple power outages in Vigo County since early Wednesday, when severe storms producing heavy rain rolled through the Wabash Valley.

According to the Duke Energy website, 41 customers were affected in the Deerfield area south of Terre Haute and west of U.S. 41 South at about 4:14 a.m. Twelve customers were without power in the area of East Raymond Drive along U.S. 41 since about 8 a.m.

Twenty-three customers were affected by power loss in the Riley area at 7:35 a.m., and 30 customers were without power in an area around Hulman Street and South Fruitridge Avenue since 5:39 a.m. That outage was caused by falling trees or limbs damaging power equipment.

Another 11 customers were left without power south of East Glenn along Chamberlain Street at about 5:50 a.m.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, power had been restored to all but three customers affected by the outages. Duke Energy serves more than 48,000 customers in Vigo County.

AccuWeather reports that some areas of the Midwest could have flooding rain and severe weather during the weekend. There is a chance that a large complex of thunderstorms will push eastward from the central Plains to across a portion of the Midwest while additional storms continue to fire over the southern Plains and portions of the High Plains. The storms will unload drenching rain.

The swath of heaviest rain is forecast to reach from northern Texas to central Kansas, eastward to southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. The cumulative amount of rain may top 6 inches in some locations spanning Thursday through the weekend. While the pattern will lead to flooding problems, it will also bring some relief for those suffering in long-term drought, AccuWeather reports.


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