April 18-19, 2013 Central Indiana Heavy Rain and Record Flooding

Surface Map valid at 11PM EDT April 18.

For the latest river levels, please visit the Rivers & Lakes page.

Thunderstorms brought heavy rain to much of central Indiana on April 18 and early on April 19.  Some areas of central Indiana received around 5 inches of rain in 24 hours. This was on top of heavy rain from previous days. The result was flooding of numerous streams and rivers, some of which reached record levels.

24 hour rainfall ending 700 AM April 19. Click to enlarge 4 day precipitation. Click to enlarge.
24 hour rainfall ending 7:00 AM April 19. Click to enlarge 4 day rainfall ending 7:00 AM April 19. Click to enlarge
Percent of Normal Precipitation for the 10 day period ending April 19
Percent of Average Precipitation for the period April 10-19. Image courtesy of the Midwest Regional Climate Center.


 Below are some pictures of flooding. Click an image to enlarge. 

Flooding near Frankfort - Click to Enlarge  Mooresville Indiana flooding. Click to enlarge
Flooding near Frankfort. Photo courtesy of D. Snyder  Flooding in Mooresville Indiana. Photo courtesy of V. Harless

Turkey Run Normal Picture (from 2011) Turkey Run Bridge at Height of Flood. Turkey Run Bridge after height of flood
Image of Bridge at Turkey Run State Park from 2011 showing water level close to average. Image courtesy of Turkey Run State Park Facebook page. Click to Enlarge. Image of Bridge at Turkey Run State Park from height of flooding. Image courtesy of Turkey Run State Park Facebook page. Click to Enlarge. Image of Bridge at Turkey Run State Park as flooding is receding.Image courtesy of Turkey Run State Park Facebook page. Click to Enlarge.

Below are some plots of stream levels at various sites, along with notes on how the level compares with historical levels for the site. A tabular listing is also available.

 

 Hydrograph for cicero creek near Tipton. Record flood Record flood of 17.09 ft. Previous record was 16.5 ft on June 28, 1957
 Cicero Creek Arcadia. Record flood Record Flood of 14.00 ft. Previous record was 12.15 ft on Jan. 13, 2005
 Prairie Creek plot. Record flood. Record flood of 15.71 ft. Previous record was 14.82 ft on February 28, 2011.
Wildcat Creek at Kokomo plot. Record flood. Record flood of 18.69 ft. Previous record was 17.75 ft on July 5, 2003.
Big Walnut Creek in Putnam County. Record flood. Record flood of 21.42 ft. Previous record was 19.86 ft on Sep. 1, 2003.
White Lick Creek plot. 2nd place flood. 23.66 ft crest. Second place behind the record of 23.80 ft on June 7, 2008.
Wildcat Creek at Jerome plot. Second highest flood. 16.19 ft crest. Second to 18.0 ft on March 24, 1913.
Sugar Creek Plot 15.31 ft crest. Second to 17.30 ft in March 1913.
Eagle Creek at Zionsville plot. 2nd place crest 15.96 ft crest. Second to 19.20 ft on June 28, 1957.
Wabash River at Riverton plot Crest of 27.21 ft. Second to 29.36 ft. crest on May 21, 1943.
Wabash River at Lafayette plot. Largest flood in over 50 years. Crest of 25.61 ft. Highest crest since 1958. 8th highest crest on record.
Wabash River at Montezuma plot. 31.89 ft crest, highest since 1958. 4th highest crest on record.
Morse Reservoir Levels. Record pool of 813.41 ft. Previous record was 812.95 ft in June of 1957.
Wabash River at Terre Haute Plot 27.40 ft crest. Highest crest since 1958. 8th highest crest on record.

Hydrograph Not Available - Eagle Creek at Speedway

18.18 ft crest. Record stage for the site due to release from Eagle Creek Dam. Previous record was 16.57ft in September 2003.


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