Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 19, 2013

Much of Tipton experiencing flooding

By Ken de la Bastide
Kokomo Tribune

Tipton — Large portions of the city of Tipton is experiencing flooding from Cicero Creek, Mayor Don Havens said Friday morning.

“The flooding is up into the city,” Havens said. “I’m afraid we’re going to see a lot more water.”

Havens said flooding is taking place along Park Road and in the southwest, south, southeast and near-northwest portions of the city.

“A major trailer park is flooded,” he said. “There are 35 vehicles stranded in the school parking lot.”

Tipton received more than 4.5 inches of rain Thursday and early Friday, Havens said. He said Cicero Creek continues to rise 2 inches per hour.

Havens said a shelter has been opened at the Emergency Management Agency Center, located adjacent to the Tipton County jail.

“We’re preparing to open one or more shelters,” he said. “We’re not sure what we will need. We have received calls from people who anticipate needing help.”

The Tipton County Sheriff Department said Ind. 28 is closed from Ind. 19 to U.S. 31 because of high water.

The National Weather Service said Cicero Creek was at the 16.46 feet at 9:30 a.m. and the record is 16.5 feet. The creek has risen approximately 13.5 feet in the past 24 hours.