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December 23, 2013

Ind. faces flooding problems

Howard County sees minor flooding near 1050 East.

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Conservation officers rescued a southwestern Indiana man Saturday night who clung barefoot for about three hours to a Pike County bridge abutment after floodwaters swept him off his four-wheeler. Michael D. Christmas, 30, of Velpen had been returning home from work in Otwell when he was swept off his vehicle.

An Indianapolis Fire Department dive crew used a boat to rescue a Michigan family of four early Sunday after their vehicle became stuck in high waters on Indianapolis' east side. That crew rescued 51-year-old Douglas Nieske, his 53-year-old wife, Sonia, and the couple's 19-year-old and 21-year-old daughters about 2 a.m. Sunday.

The Shelby Township, Mich., family's luggage was also retrieved from their water-logged car.

Skowronek said flooding along Indiana's rivers and streams in that area would likely linger until mid-week. He said there's little chance Indiana's snowpack that was washed away by the rains will be replaced in time for a white Christmas.

Skowronek said there's a slight chance of snow Wednesday night and Thursday, but that system will bring only a dusting of snow to the state.

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