December 20-21 Heavy Rain and Flooding

Surface Map
Surface Map and Radar Valid at 7:00 PM EST December 21, 2013.

Rainfall

Flooding

Storm Reports

A front stalled out just southeast of central Indiana on December 20-21. Waves of low pressure rode along the front, generating rain across the area. With tropical moisture moving into the system, heavy rain occurred across parts of central Indiana. Some areas received over 5 inches of rain in less than 48 hours. This not only resulted in flash flooding, but also resulted in river flooding not long after. Some rivers across central Indiana saw major flooding, with rivers higher than they had been in 5 years or more. A couple of locations saw the highest flood crests in over 20 years.

Rainfall:

24 hour rainfall ending 7am December 21.

24 hour rainfall ending 7:00 AM December 22.

24 hour rainfall ending 7:00 AM Dec. 21. Click to enlarge

24 hour rainfall ending 7:00 AM Dec. 22. Click to enlarge

48 hour rainfall ending 7:00 AM December 22.

 

48 hour rainfall ending 7:00 AM Dec. 22. Click to enlarge

5 day rainfall ending December 25.
5 day rain total ending December 25. The vast majority of the rain depicted here fell on December 21-22.

River Flooding:

Some rivers and creeks crested in the major flood category with others seeing moderate flooding. Below are some selected hydrographs from around central Indiana showing the crests from the event:

Big Blue River at Shelbyville

Crest of 18.3 ft. Highest crest since January 2005.

Buck Creek at Acton

Crest of 13.97 ft. Highest crest since November, 1993.

East Fork White at Columbus

Crest of 15.98 ft. Highest crest since June, 2008.

East Fork White River at Seymour

Crest of 19.11 ft. Highest since August, 2009.

 Fall Creek at Fortville

Crest of 10.39 ft. Highest crest since regular records began in 1941. 1913 flood crest was 12.0 feet.

 Fall Creek near Millersville

Crest of 14.34 ft. Highest crest since September, 2003.

 Haw Creek at Clifford

Crest of 14.26 ft. Highest crest since June, 2008.

 Little Blue River Walkerville

Crest of 12.94 ft. Highest crest since records began in 2008. Likely the highest crest since January 2005.

 Mississinewa River Ridgeville

Crest of 15.46 ft. Highest crest since February, 2011.

 White River at Anderson

Crest of 18.82 ft. Highest crest since September, 2003.

Storm Reports:

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
647 AM EST MON DEC 23 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       CARMEL                  39.97N  86.11W
12/21/2013  M1.15 INCH       HAMILTON           IN   PUBLIC

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION

0831 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 E VINCENNES           38.68N  87.46W
12/21/2013  M2.85 INCH       KNOX               IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION

0832 AM     HEAVY RAIN       INDIANAPOLIS            39.78N  86.15W
12/21/2013  M1.59 INCH       MARION             IN   NWS OFFICE

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION

0833 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 S CASTLETON           39.88N  86.05W
12/21/2013  M1.16 INCH       MARION             IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION

0834 AM     HEAVY RAIN       3 SW WILLIAMS           38.77N  86.68W
12/21/2013  M1.25 INCH       MARTIN             IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION

0841 AM     HEAVY RAIN       1 S NEW PALESTINE       39.71N  85.89W
12/21/2013  M1.58 INCH       HANCOCK            IN   PUBLIC

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION

1011 AM     FLOOD            WHEATLAND               38.66N  87.31W
12/21/2013                   KNOX               IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            WATER UP TO 10 INCHES DEEP OVER SR550 JUST WEST OF
            WHEATLAND. WATER ALSO OVER SR61 NEAR SOUTH KNOX SCHOOLS
            SOUTHEAST OF VINCENNES. CLARK ROAD NEAR BRUCEVILLE ALSO
            HAS SEVERAL INCHES OF WATER OVER ROAD.

1015 AM     HEAVY RAIN       FRANKLIN                39.49N  86.06W
12/21/2013  M2.75 INCH       JOHNSON            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            RAINFALL OVER PAST 14 HOURS. STANDING WATER IN YARD.
            STILL RAINING.

1036 AM     FLOOD            5 E BLOOMINGTON         39.17N  86.43W
12/21/2013                   MONROE             IN   PUBLIC

            REPORTS OF BRIDGES ALONG BRUMMETTS CREEK BEING
            OVERTOPPED

1118 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 SW BLOOMINGTON        39.12N  86.59W
12/21/2013  M2.50 INCH       MONROE             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION

1123 AM     HEAVY RAIN       3 SW WILLIAMS           38.77N  86.68W
12/21/2013  M2.15 INCH       MARTIN             IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION

1127 AM     FLOOD            CAMBY                   39.66N  86.31W
12/21/2013                   MARION             IN   NWS EMPLOYEE

            STREET FLOODING IN PROGRESS.

1130 AM     FLOOD            CAMBY                   39.66N  86.31W
12/21/2013                   MARION             IN   NWS EMPLOYEE

            STREET FLOODING IN PROGRESS.

1251 PM     HEAVY RAIN       GREENWOOD               39.62N  86.11W
12/21/2013  M2.40 INCH       JOHNSON            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0127 PM     HEAVY RAIN       4 E VINCENNES           38.68N  87.46W
12/21/2013  M3.70 INCH       KNOX               IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            STORM TOTAL THUS FAR. STANDING WATER EVERYWHERE..

0127 PM     HEAVY RAIN       INDIANAPOLIS            39.78N  86.15W
12/21/2013  M2.13 INCH       MARION             IN   NWS OFFICE

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION

0230 PM     HEAVY RAIN       MCCORDSVILLE            39.91N  85.93W
12/21/2013  M1.67 INCH       HANCOCK            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0345 PM     HEAVY RAIN       1 NE AVON               39.77N  86.37W
12/21/2013  M1.92 INCH       HENDRICKS          IN   NWS EMPLOYEE

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL THROUGH 345 PM.

0407 PM     HEAVY RAIN       2 S CASTLETON           39.88N  86.05W
12/21/2013  M1.97 INCH       MARION             IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            1.42 HAS FALLEN SINCE MIDNIGHT.

0430 PM     HEAVY RAIN       1 NE CARMEL             39.98N  86.10W
12/21/2013  M2.05 INCH       HAMILTON           IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL THROUGH 430 PM.

0452 PM     HEAVY RAIN       8 W FRANKFORT           40.28N  86.66W
12/21/2013  M1.71 INCH       CLINTON            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL

0530 PM     HEAVY RAIN       5 SW BLOOMINGTON        39.12N  86.59W
12/21/2013  M3.25 INCH       MONROE             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL. ABOUT A QUARTER OF AN INCH HAS FALLEN IN
            THE LAST 45 MINUTES. STILL RAINING HARD. WATER STREAMING
            DOWN HILL.

0545 PM     HEAVY RAIN       BROOKLYN                39.54N  86.37W
12/21/2013  M2.98 INCH       MORGAN             IN   PUBLIC

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL.

0549 PM     HEAVY RAIN       4 E VINCENNES           38.68N  87.46W
12/21/2013  M4.20 INCH       KNOX               IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL. CURRENTLY RAINING HEAVILY.
            RAINFALL RATE IS 3.81 INCHES PER HOUR AS REPROTED BY
            WEATHER STATION

0604 PM     HEAVY RAIN       3 S PARAGON             39.35N  86.56W
12/21/2013  M3.66 INCH       MORGAN             IN   COCORAHS

            STORM TOTAL SO FAR. SOME COUNTY ROADS FLOODED. RAINFALL
            RATE IS 1.66 INCHES.

0655 PM     HEAVY RAIN       2 NW STRAUGHN           39.83N  85.32W
12/21/2013  M3.07 INCH       HENRY              IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL. STILL RAINING HEAVY. 2.05 INCHES
            HAS FALLEN SINCE MIDNIGHT.

0656 PM     FLOOD            WASHINGTON              38.66N  87.17W
12/21/2013                   DAVIESS            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ROADS FLOODED IN WASHINGTON AND THROUGHOUT COUNTY

0705 PM     HEAVY RAIN       5 SW BLOOMINGTON        39.12N  86.59W
12/21/2013  M4.00 INCH       MONROE             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL SO FAR

0707 PM     HEAVY RAIN       BEECH GROVE             39.72N  86.09W
12/21/2013  M2.31 INCH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL SINCE MIDNIGHT. LICK CREEK AT BANKFULL.

0710 PM     HEAVY RAIN       BEECH GROVE             39.72N  86.09W
12/21/2013  M3.78 INCH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 HOUR TOTAL ENDING AT 700 PM EST

0823 PM     FLASH FLOOD      ELLETTSVILLE            39.23N  86.62W
12/21/2013                   MONROE             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            WATER RESCUES ONGOING IN TOWN. PEOPLE TRAPPED IN
            MULTIPLE RESIDENCES AND VEHICLES DUE TO HIGH WATER IN
            VICINITY OF VINE AND TEMPERANCE STREETS.

0850 PM     HEAVY RAIN       WESTFIELD               40.05N  86.13W
12/21/2013  M2.21 INCH       HAMILTON           IN   PUBLIC

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL THROUGH 850 PM.

0903 PM     HEAVY RAIN       3 S ALEXANDRIA          40.21N  85.68W
12/21/2013  M2.60 INCH       MADISON            IN   PUBLIC

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL.

0906 PM     HEAVY RAIN       3 S PARAGON             39.35N  86.56W
12/21/2013  M4.15 INCH       MORGAN             IN   COCORAHS

            STORM TOTAL SO FAR

0909 PM     FLASH FLOOD      2 E MARTINSVILLE        39.42N  86.38W
12/21/2013                   MORGAN             IN   PUBLIC

            WATER RESCUE ON STATE ROAD 44

0919 PM     FLOOD            COLUMBUS                39.21N  85.91W
12/21/2013                   BARTHOLOMEW        IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            WATER COMING ACROSS THE ROADS FROM BOTH SIDES AT MARR
            ROAD AND ROCKY FORD ROAD.

0931 PM     HEAVY RAIN       5 SW BLOOMINGTON        39.12N  86.59W
12/21/2013  M4.50 INCH       MONROE             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL

0933 PM     HEAVY RAIN       4 E VINCENNES           38.68N  87.46W
12/21/2013  M5.60 INCH       KNOX               IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL

1009 PM     HEAVY RAIN       MCCORDSVILLE            39.91N  85.93W
12/21/2013  M2.89 INCH       HANCOCK            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TOTAL OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS

1009 PM     HEAVY RAIN       3 S BLOOMFIELD          38.98N  86.94W
12/21/2013  M4.63 INCH       GREENE             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL THROUGH 10 PM.

1037 PM     HEAVY RAIN       3 S ALEXANDRIA          40.21N  85.68W
12/21/2013  M3.00 INCH       MADISON            IN   PUBLIC

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL

1047 PM     HEAVY RAIN       ANDERSON                40.09N  85.69W
12/21/2013  M2.88 INCH       MADISON            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AT CR 600N AND 100W

1047 PM     HEAVY RAIN       ANDERSON                40.09N  85.69W
12/21/2013  M2.90 INCH       MADISON            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AT CR 500N AND 375E.

1047 PM     HEAVY RAIN       ANDERSON                40.09N  85.69W
12/21/2013  M3.21 INCH       MADISON            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AT CR 200N AND 200E.

1047 PM     HEAVY RAIN       ANDERSON                40.09N  85.69W
12/21/2013  M2.92 INCH       MADISON            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AT INTERSTATE 69 AND SR 38.

1047 PM     HEAVY RAIN       ANDERSON                40.09N  85.69W
12/21/2013  M3.01 INCH       MADISON            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN NORTH ANDERSON.

1052 PM     HEAVY RAIN       6 SE MOORESVILLE        39.55N  86.29W
12/21/2013  M5.12 INCH       MORGAN             IN   COCORAHS

            STORM TOTAL SO FAR

1107 PM     FLASH FLOOD      SULLIVAN                39.10N  87.41W
12/21/2013                   SULLIVAN           IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            EM REPORTS SEVERE FLOODING ON SECONDARY ROADS IN LOW
            LYING AREAS ACROSS THE COUNTY

1136 PM     HEAVY RAIN       BICKNELL                38.78N  87.31W
12/21/2013  M3.13 INCH       KNOX               IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            3.13 STORM TOTAL RAINFALL

1207 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 NW STRAUGHN           39.83N  85.32W
12/22/2013  M3.26 INCH       HENRY              IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            3.26 INCHES DAILY TOTAL. STORM TOTAL 4.28 INCHES.

1210 AM     FLASH FLOOD      GREENFIELD              39.79N  85.77W
12/22/2013                   HANCOCK            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            UNKNOWN NUMBER OF HOME EVACUATIONS AROUND SR 9 AND 4TH
            DUE TO HIGH WATER.

1220 AM     FLASH FLOOD      WINCHESTER              40.17N  84.98W
12/22/2013                   RANDOLPH           IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            NUMEROUS ROAD CLOSURES ACROSS THE COUNTY FOR ROADS
            BEING UNDER WATER.

1235 AM     FLASH FLOOD      MUNCIE                  40.20N  85.39W
12/22/2013                   DELAWARE           IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            MULTIPLE WATER RESCUES ACROSS THE COUNTY FOR MOTORISTS
            STRANDED IN FLOODED ROADWAYS. MULTIPLE ROAD CLOSURES
            INCLUDING US 35 AT CR 300S

0139 AM     FLASH FLOOD      MARTINSVILLE            39.42N  86.42W
12/22/2013                   MORGAN             IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            17 HOMES EVACUATED

0144 AM     FLASH FLOOD      FRANKLIN                39.49N  86.06W
12/22/2013                   JOHNSON            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            MULTIPLE WATER RESCUES ACROSS THE COUNTY. MANY ROADS
            UNDER WATER.

0532 AM     HEAVY RAIN       INDIANAPOLIS INT`L AIRP 39.72N  86.29W
12/22/2013  M3.43 INCH       MARION             IN   ASOS

            3.43 STORM TOTAL RAINFALL

0541 AM     HEAVY RAIN       MCCORDSVILLE            39.91N  85.93W
12/22/2013  M3.09 INCH       HANCOCK            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            3.09 INCHES STORM TOTAL RAINFALL

0555 AM     FLASH FLOOD      NEW CASTLE              39.92N  85.36W
12/22/2013                   HENRY              IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            EVACUATING HOMES NEAR SR 103 AND US 70. AT LEAST 2
            TRAILERS HAVE 1 FOOT OR MORE OF WATER IN THEM.

0724 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 SW BLOOMINGTON        39.12N  86.59W
12/22/2013  M5.20 INCH       MONROE             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL

0725 AM     HEAVY RAIN       3 SW WILLIAMS           38.77N  86.68W
12/22/2013  M4.82 INCH       MARTIN             IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL

0809 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 W GREENWOOD           39.62N  86.20W
12/22/2013  M3.32 INCH       JOHNSON            IN   NWS EMPLOYEE

            AMOUNT IS 24 HOUR TOTAL

0827 AM     HEAVY RAIN       GREENWOOD               39.62N  86.11W
12/22/2013  M4.65 INCH       JOHNSON            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL.

0839 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 S CASTLETON           39.88N  86.05W
12/22/2013  M3.23 INCH       MARION             IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL

0859 AM     HEAVY RAIN       FISHERS                 39.95N  86.02W
12/22/2013  M3.35 INCH       HAMILTON           IN   NWS EMPLOYEE

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL

0919 AM     HEAVY RAIN       7 S SPENCER             39.19N  86.77W
12/22/2013  M4.81 INCH       OWEN               IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL.

0930 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 SE VINCENNES          38.62N  87.45W
12/22/2013  M6.75 INCH       KNOX               IN   PUBLIC

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL.

0955 AM     HEAVY RAIN       11 ESE INDIANAPOLIS     39.72N  85.95W
12/22/2013  M5.91 INCH       MARION             IN   NWS EMPLOYEE

            AMOUNT IS STORM TOTAL

1011 AM     FLOOD            PENDLETON               40.00N  85.74W
12/22/2013                   MADISON            IN   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            MOST COUNTY ROADS CROSSING FALL CREEK CLOSED DUE TO
            FLOODING.

1158 AM     HEAVY RAIN       WESTFIELD               40.05N  86.13W
12/22/2013  M2.47 INCH       HAMILTON           IN   PUBLIC

            STORM TOTAL.

0450 PM     HEAVY RAIN       TERRE HAUTE             39.47N  87.38W
12/22/2013  M2.70 INCH       VIGO               IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL

1107 PM     FLOOD            INDIANAPOLIS            39.78N  86.15W
12/22/2013                   MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HIGH WATER REPORTED FLOWING OVER MILLERSVILLE RD
            BETWEEN 46TH STREET AND EMERSON AVE.

0213 AM     FLOOD            INDIANAPOLIS            39.78N  86.15W
12/23/2013                   MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            FLOODING NEAR HOMES AT KESSLER AND FALL CREEK.

 

 

 


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