Lebanon Reporter

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April 19, 2013

SLIDESHOW: County declares emergency

Boone County — The Boone County Commissioners lifted the disaster declaration and lower travel status to a watch advisory, meanging only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emerency situations, is recommended, according to Mike Martin, director of Boone County EMA.

Record rainfall on April 16 and April 18 lead to floods in the area that turned many local roads into rivers and forced many to evacuate. All three school systems are closed today, along with the county and Lebanon city offices.

After a high of 77 degrees about noon yesterday, temperatures now stand at just 38 degrees fewer than 24 hours later, according to the National Weather Service. A freeze watch is now in effect from 4 a.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. A flood warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. today.

Shelters were established at Harney Elementary and the Zionsville Christian Church by the American Red Cross. The Harney shelter was closed early Friday afternoon.

Lebanon Community School Corp. Dr. Robert Taylor said there was one person at the Harney shelter, but Stokes is also on stand by as a back up if needed.

Taylor said that all of the school faciltiies are fine, except for one flooded storage shed at the high school near the tennis courts. And although the playground at Central Elementary is basically a swimming pool, the school itself is dry.

At one point the only ways in or out of Zionsville were through County Road 975 to the north or Sycamore Street (old State Road 334) to the west, as Eagle Creek flooded both Zionsville road near 106th Street and Sycamore Street near Lions Park to the east. Eagle Creek was listed as 3 inches above flood stage of 14 feet.

Overnight, Zionsville police and fire crews rescued four people, evacuated 18 residents and notified about 15 Cobblestone Lakes residents of severe flooding. Click on the town's website for information on road closures.

Keep watching www.reporter.net for more flood information.

 

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