LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - UPDATE AT 1:50 p.m.: McCormick Road, from Cherry Lane to Blackbird Farms, is back open, according to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.
UPDATE AT 10:25 a.m.: INDOT says Cass County now has a couple of road closures. State Road 218 is closed east of Camden and State Road 18 is closed between State Road 29 and U.S. 35.
UPDATE AT 9:23 a.m.: Benton County Emergency Management reports much of the southwestern part of the county is flooded including County Road 850 South from State Road 41 to County Road 125 West. EMA Director John Fields says expects road to be closed for the next 12 to 24 hours or until the water recedes.
UPDATE AT 8:28 a.m.: The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office has released a new list of additional road closings.
They are as follows:
- State Road 43, from Happy Hollow Road to Soldiers Home Road
- North Ninth Street, from Burnett Road to the Tippecanoe Battlefield
- Harding Court at County Road 900 East
- Lilly Road at County Road 250 West
- State Road 225 Bridge outside of Battle Ground
- County Road 750 East, from State Road 26 East to County Road 200 South
- County Road 775 East, from State Road 26 East to County Road 200 South
- County Road 200 South, from Dayton Road to County Road 800 East
- Goldsberry Road
- County Road 700 North, east of Colburn
- County Road 1300 South between county roads 450 East and 500
- County Road 1000 South roughly 1/4 mile west of U.S. 52
- County Road 900 East between county roads 200 and 300 North
- Pretty Prairie Road at Grant Road (near Wildcat Creek)
- County Road 700 West from Division Road to County Road 75 South
- Division Road from county roads 575 west to 725 West
- County Road 725 West from Division Road to the top of the hill
UPDATE at 7:34 a.m.: Several counties still reporting numerous roads covered by high water.
In Lafayette, the northern most westbound lane of South Street (State Road 26) near Creasy Lane will be closing at 8 a.m. Friday for an emergency sewer repair. Please be aware of construction crews and workers if traveling in this area.
UPDATE at 4:47 a.m.: Several counties are reporting they have run out of High Water signs due to numerous flooded roads.
Montgomery County dispatchers say the closures are "too many to count" and that drivers may be surprised when they come upon flooded roads.
White County is now under a Flood Warning. Emergency officials recommend residents affected by high water should have an emergency plan in place and evacuate if needed.
Benton County is reporting that their situation has worsened and that they have run out of High Water Mark Signs.
No new updates out of Clinton County, but several roads still remain underwater.
In Cass County, conditions on the south side of the county have worsened. One family was assisted with evacuation.
Tippecanoe County has run out of High Water signs. Lt. John Ricks said conditions have worsened overnight and more roads are now covered by water. One woman walking her dog fell into a sinkhole reported near McCormick Road and Lindberg Road. She was not injured. The sinkhole was reported to be 10 feet deep.
Jasper County is not reporting any major flooding.
Dispatchers for Fountain and Warren counties say there are no new updates as of 5 a.m. Friday.
As seen in our Report!t photo, State Road 43 (River Road) is flooded out north of State Road 26, and until the storms pass, you should not try to navigate it.
According to the Purdue Police Department, at 5 p.m. Thursday, officers closed a section of McCormick Road between Third and State streets due to water rising so fast that it flooded the road and went into the parking lot of Purdue West by PEFCU.
Police said the road will remain closed until the water goes down which isn't likely Thursday night.
Elsewhere in Tippecanoe County, dispatchers report crews are closing Lilly Road at County Road 250.
In Clinton County, several roads are closed:
- County Road 800 North, from County Road 0 E/W to County Road 200 East
- County Road 0 E/W, from County Road 800 North to State Road 26
- State Road 28 and County Road 900 West
- County Road 400 North, from County Road 250 West to County Road 300 West
- County Road 950 West, from County Road 700 North to County Road 800 North
- State Road 75 and County Road 200 North
Frankfort is also reporting a couple of road closures:
- Freeman Street at Viaduct
- Armstrong Street at Viaduct
Two roads are closed in Montgomery County:
- County Road 1000 South
- County Road 1100 South
White County road closures include:
- County Road 700 South, from State Road 43 to County Road 150 East
- County Road 900 East, from State Road 24 to Timmons Road.
This is an update. Below is more information on severe weather, flash flooding and outages.
Yet another severe weather event is joining this week's ranks – and with violent winds and the potential for hail, Thursday's storms are already getting dangerous.
All Indiana counties were put under tornado watches as of 9:30 a.m. Thursday. A drawn-out set of storms
hit the area before noon, but the most intense line of storms has held off until the evening hours.
"The main threats of this line of thunderstorms will be strong, straight-line winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, golf-ball-sized hail, cloud-to-ground lightning and heavy localized rainfall, possibly resulting in flash flooding and isolated tornadoes," Meteorologist Cameron Hopman said.
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Hopman says the significant threat really comes with the passage of a cold front this evening.
With high winds you should be particularly careful of downed trees over roads and power lines. Across Indiana, several reports of damage due to wind or lightning have come in already.
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Keep up-to-date on power outages by county here.
And as you've seen if you've been anywhere near the Wabash River, flooding is already an issue and will remain a danger throughout the storms.
WLFI Chief Meteorologist Chad Evans predicts roughly 2 to 4 inches of rain will have fallen over the area by Friday, a number that will be boosted greatly by Thursday's squall line of storms.
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This week's persistent hits of severe weather will contribute to the ever-swelling water levels. Current forecasts point toward a 17.1-foot water crest in Lafayette by Saturday.
"But," Evans noted, "I would not be surprised if it is more like 20 feet by late weekend."
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Several roads will be unusable if the Wabash River crests up to 20 feet, according to Evans.
At 20 feet, water could cover Stair Road (just off Route 225 in northeast Tippecanoe County), State Road 43 could close, some parts of River Road around Wabash Valley Hospital could flood and of course, plenty of nearby agricultural fields will be flooded.
Plus, before you head out this weekend, check your driving conditions through the Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) traffic website.
If you do encounter a road that is flooded or washed out, no matter how shallow it may seem, experts say to turn your car around rather than attempting to drive through the water.
The Centers for Disease Control says more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water, and the main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water.
The National Weather Service says there are a few rules you should follow during a threat of flooding:
• Monitor your weather radio or WLFI on-air or online for weather-related updates.
• If flooding occurs, get to higher ground and away from dips, low spots, canyons and washes.
• Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not ever attempt to cross flowing streams.
• Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. Never drive through flooded roadways.
• Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
A shooting on Lafayette's south side is under investigation.
It's been nearly a month since a tornado damaged Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School, giving faculty the task of helping students transition to their new surroundings.
Donations are being accepted to help around 300 seniors receive a holiday gift.