January 2005 saw major flooding as heavy rain and thunderstorms fell across much of Central Indiana the first few days of the New Year. The heavy rain combined with the already saturated ground stemming from the melting of the record or near record snowfall across Southern Indiana resulted in major flooding. Columbus was almost completely cutoff from the rest of the state by flooded roadways by January 8. Meanwhile, later in the month, Western Vigo and Sullivan counties saw levees give way causing the flooding to spread several miles inland across rural farmland. 1,000 people were chased from their homes by the flooding. Other hard hit areas were Noblesville, Nora, Ravenswood, Spencer, Bedford, Petersburg, Clinton Shoals and Hazleton. The flooding also effected virtually all small streams across Central Indiana. The following photos are of the flooding along the Wabash River from West Terre Haute south to Merom Station. Click on a thumbnail to view a larger photo.
Below are NASA Satellite Images taken across Central and Southern Indiana on November 25, 2004 (prior to the flooding) and January 17, 2005. NASA images courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.
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