By Ken de la Bastide
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.