Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Local News

April 19, 2013

Widespread flooding reported throughout area

Kokomo — The heavy rainfall of the past two days, as expected, is causing widespread flooding throughout the Howard County region today.

Larry Smith, director of Howard County Emergency Management Agency, said flooding of roads is sporadic across the county.

“A road could be clear and then, in the next half-mile, is covered with water,” he said. “It’s just like the 2003 flood. Areas that tend to flood will be flooding.”

Smith said Wildcat Creek is still rising and is expected to continue that trend throughout the day.

These are the roads and locations in the Howard County area Smith said are considered closed:

• Ind. 26, east of U.S. 31

• Ind. 19, north of Ind. 26

• Sycamore Street, east of the downtown area.

• Sycamore Road, east of U.S. 31

• County Road 550 North

• Park Road in Kokomo

• Park Avenue in Kokomo

• Markland Avenue at Park Road

• Philips Street

• The Indian Heights subdivision.

Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller said flood conditions are reported in several areas of the county. He said many roadways are flooded and impassible.

Miller said emergency responders have rescued several people throughout Thursday night and Friday morning.

Motorists are warned to avoid flooded roadways. This is a dangerous situation because there is no way to judge how deep the flood water is, he said.

Portions of Ind. 19 were reduced to a single lane south of Ind. 26 to the Tipton city limits. Ind. 37 was closed in Elwood, north of its intersection with Ind. 28.

According to the National Weather Service, Wildcat Creek was at 16.88 feet as of 7:45 a.m. Flood stage is considered 10 feet with property damage above the 13-foot level.

Wildcat Creek at Jerome was at 15.52 feet, with flood stage considered 9 feet by the National Weather Service.

Cicero Creek in Tipton was at 15.67 feet, the record level is 16.5 feet. Flood stage is considered 10 feet.

The Wabash River in Logansport was at 14.8 feet at 8 a.m., flood stage is considered 15 feet.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Two face attempted murder for Wednesday shooting Kokomo police arrested two men on attempted murder charges stemming from a Wednesday afternoon shooting in the area of South Union and Harrison streets. No one was injured. Officers converged on the area about 3:30 p.m. to numerous reports of shots f

    April 24, 2014

  • 2nd UPDATE: 1 found dead after apartment fire near Purdue

    Authorities say one person was found dead after a fire that badly burned an apartment building where many Purdue University students live near the campus.

    April 24, 2014

  • Art FOr the Sky Wallace School hosts Indiana’s first Art for the Sky project From the ground, the crowd gathered at Wallace School of Integrated Arts on Wednesday seemed like nothing more than people in colorful T-shirts standing in odd groups. But with "sky sight," the formation took on the large-scale image of a paint palet

    April 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • City acquires more right of way for Nickel Plate Trail extension The city of Kokomo acquired another piece of land for the construction of the Nickel Plate Trail in its quest to extend the trail from county line to county line. The city's Board of Public Works and Safety approved a recreational trail easement that

    April 24, 2014

  • County residents speak out against wind energy As debate continues over the construction of wind turbines in Howard County and its neighbors, residents are turning up the heat on officials in an effort to stop development in the southeast corner of the county. Concerned citizens spoke out during

    April 24, 2014

  • Driver in fatal hit and run on Center Road pleads guilty The driver of a truck involved in an August hit-and-run crash that killed a 13-year-old boy could get as much as seven years behind bars if a judge accepts his plea. Randall K. Rector, 58, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crash resulting in d

    April 24, 2014

  • TUFF CURBS Locals upset over Markland curb plans Plans to eliminate left-hand turns along the city's busiest business corridor caused a major uproar Tuesday. Business owners, city officials and state legislators spent much of Tuesday and Wednesday on the phone protesting to Indiana Department of Tr

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police reports Howard County Arrests Tuesday, 4:34 p.m., police arrested Alisha Whitt, 27, 500 block of South Washington Street, at that residence, on a parole violation. Tuesday, 6:21 p.m., police arrested a 15-year-old male in the 400 block of West Sycamore Stree

    April 24, 2014

  • Eastern to move forward with $2M renovation to jr./sr. high school GREENTOWN -- Renovations at Eastern Sr./Jr. High will continue this summer after the board of education on Tuesday approved spending another $2 million on the final stage of upgrades. There will be no net impact on taxes, which has been a priority fo

    April 24, 2014

  • Volunteers still helping tornado victims Back in March, volunteers set out to inform tornado-ravaged neighborhoods there is still help out there. The small group of volunteers, part of the Long Term Recovery Team, took to the streets of the worst areas hit by the Nov. 17 tornadoes, passing

    April 24, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.