Flood Watch issued for Hamilton County


Staff report

A Flood Watch has been issued for Hamilton County beginning late Dec. 20 through Dec. 22. The National Weather Service predicts flooding is likely with the predicted rainfall combined with the latest snow melt.

Rainfall totals are expected to be in the 2 to 3 inch range with localized amounts in excess of 4 inches by Sunday morning. The heaviest rainfall will occur throughout the day and evening on Saturday.

Early Thursday morning, rivers in Indiana were at low levels. Melting snow through Thursday will cause a slight increase in river levels by Friday evening. Sharper rises and flooding is expected after Saturday evening.

Hamilton County Emergency Management will provide filled sandbags to Hamilton County Residents at 1717 Pleasant Street in Noblesville during the following hours:

• 3 to 10 p.m. Dec. 20

• 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 21

• 7 to 10 a.m. Dec. 22

These hours may change depending on availability or weather conditions. As always, loading sandbags will be operated as self-serve only.

Important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:

• Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.

• A foot of water will float many vehicles

• Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.

• Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.

• Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.

• Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.

• Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

For more detailed flood information go to weather.gov/ind