Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 13, 2013

High water nearly floods Ind. 26

Constant rain swells Wildcat, closes Highland Park

By Carson Gerber
Tribune staff writer

— Heavy rain Saturday night and Sunday caused high water and near road closures along Ind. 26 despite a recent $11.2 million road project to upgrade the highway.

The Indiana Department of Transportation reported high water flowing across Ind. 26 near 350 West. INDOT Dispatcher Kelly Bordelon said Sunday they received a complaint of high water around 3:30 a.m., and placed cautionary signs at the location. She said INDOT did not close the road.

The National Weather Service reported over 1.5 inches of rain fell in the area by 7 a.m. Sunday.

The road flooding comes after nearly two years of road closures and backed-up traffic on Ind. 26 as the state worked to widen and upgrade the highway and expand drainage ditches. The $11.2 million Major Moves project rebuilt 7.38 miles of the road from the Howard/Clinton County line to just west of Dixon Road.

In Kokomo, the rain deluge swelled the Wildcat Creek and forced city officials to close Highland Park Sunday afternoon.

Earl Breon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, said although it was a wet weekend, the forecast for the rest of the week looks chilly, but dry.

“We should be done with precipitation for awhile,” he said. “We’re not looking at anything significant.”

Carson Gerber is a Kokomo Tribune reporter. He may be reached by phone at 765-854-6739, or by email at carson.gerber@