Two Die in Indiana Floods

After a weekend of severe weather in many central US states, including some instances of flooding in Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois, two people have been reported as killed in flood waters in Indiana.

The incident happened in Bloomington, Monroe County, in southern Indiana, where a mother and her young son, aged 5 years old, became trapped in their car in flood waters and drowned.

Indiana saw widespread flooding over the weekend after longs spells of heavy rainfall. Two other drivers ran into difficulties in Dubois County after their cars were lifted away by flood waters. Both drivers managed to swim to safety.

In Vanderburgh County, Evansville saw 6 inches (152mm) of rain fall in 24 hours between 4 and 5 April, resulting in flooding of sections of US Highway 60, causing disruption for many drivers.

Parts of Highway 60 were also blocked by flooding at the Henderson-Union County line. According to many local reports, several parts of Highway 60 are vulnerable to flooding and floods there are a regular occurrence.

Parts of Kosciusko County also saw flooding over the weekend after heavy rainfall of around 2.5 inches (63mm). Clark County saw dozens of roads flooded where the heavy rain also led to a mudslides, including one that closed a lane of Interstate 64. There were also reports of traffic accidents on Interstae 64 as a result of the severe weather conditions.

The national Weather service has predicted high levels for Little River in Huntington, Wabash River at Linn Grove and Eel River in North Manchester over the next few days.

Elsewhere in the US, there were reports of flooding in Dayton, Ohio, Jackson, Mississippi, and parts of Louisana after the weekend of heavy rain. Further rain is expected today, Monday 7 April 2014, increasing the risk of floods.

According to Accuweather:

A soaking rain is forecast to spread northward across the East as a low pressure system taps into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico with the heaviest rain focusing on the Southeast.

Although rainfall totals are not expected to be quite as high farther north, it can still be enough to cause flooding in streams and rivers from Illinois to Ohio following last week’s heavy rain.