Neighborhoods Evacuated Near Indianapolis; Meteorologists Warn More Flooding Likely

The streets of Manhattan, Indiana, under water Tuesday. (AustinChillin/Instagram)

(SOURCE)  Residents from the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley could see more dangerous flash flooding again Wednesday, forecasters say.

On Tuesday, heavy storms dumped hours-worth of rain in pockets across these regions. First responders pulled people from vehicles and homes in three separate states: Texas,  Kentucky and Missouri.

Downpours slammed Indianapolis on Tuesday evening, prompting evacuations west of the city.

This is the same system that brought heavy flooding to Kansas City, Wichita, Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, on Monday night.

You can get the latest forecast at the severe tracker.

Here’s the very latest from the impacted states:


Nearly 4.5 inches of rain was recorded at the Indianapolis International Airport Tuesday afternoon, according to meteorologist Linda Lam, breaking a 100-year-old record. The city of Plainfield, just west of the airport, received 5.4 inches in less than four hours.

Wayne Township was hard hit. WISH TV reported about 20 homes were flooded and up to 60 people were evacuated.

We have multiple homes affected by flood waters,” Lt. Troy Wymer of the Wayne Township Fire Department told the Indianapoils Star. “The water is rising pretty rapidly.”

No injuries have been reported.


The rain started before sunrise, around 5 a.m., and drenched parts of western Kentucky with 5 inches in a short amount of time.

McCracken County Emergency Management Director Jerome Mansfield told the Associated Press the “torrential downpour of rain” led to an apartment complex and a motel being evacuated and crews rescuing multiple people from vehicles that got stuck in high water, mostly in low-lying areas. He said he wasn’t sure how many people were evacuated and rescued.

No injuries were reported and Mansfield said officials were trying to assess the damage now that the rain has stopped.

The American Red Cross was opening a shelter in Paducah overnight for anyone who couldn’t return to their homes because of flooding.

West Kentucky Star reports that Paducah police participated in at least 18 water rescues from stalled vehicles.


Cars swept into a pile Tuesday by flooding in Branson, Missouri. (Sierra Dobson)

A flash flood emergency was issued Tuesday morning for parts of Stone and Taney counties in Missouri, including the city of Branson. Significant flash flooding was reported in Kimberling City, Reeds Spring and along Roark Creek. Multiple water rescues have been reported in Branson, according to Branson Fire-Rescue.

The Barry County Sheriff’s department told the Joplin Globe crews have had to evacuate some Cassville residents and rescue others because of flooding. The sheriff’s department advises people to stay away from Cassville, saying on its Facebook page that “Cassville is CLOSED! Do NOT come to Cassville!”

The Missouri Department of Transportation also closed several highways and roads around Cassville.


At least 34 water rescues were performed in the Abilene area Tuesday morning, according to the Abilene Police Department. Water also reportedly entered some homes.

The Abilene Regional Airport recorded 7.15 inches of rain on Tuesday through 1:40 p.m. CDT, making it their all-time wettest calendar day on record. The previous record was 6.54 inches on May 11, 1928.

By afternoon, storms over San Angelo prompted at least 20 water rescues, according to the sheriff’s office.

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