June 2008 Flooding

From the evening of June 6 to the morning of June 7, thunderstorms produced very heavy rain across portions of Central Indiana. Amounts of nearly 11 inches were recorded in some areas. This rain lead to record river flooding in some areas during the week afterward.

The storms were produced when strong winds above the ground interacted with an outflow boundary left over from the storms that produced severe weather earlier in the day of June 6. Below is an annotated surface map from 1:00 AM June 7 (Click to enlarge)

Surface Map

Rainfall amounts of 5 to 11 inches were common south of Interstate 70. Below are maps of 24 hour rainfall ending 7:00 AM EDT June 7 (left) and 7:00 AM EDT June 8 (right)

thumbnail of rainfall map 1 thumbnail of rainfall map2

Below are some rainfall totals from the June 6-7 heavy rain event (all amounts are unofficial unless indicated):

Rainfall Amount Location
10.71 Edinburgh  - Unofficial data, does not officially break State Record for 24 hour rainfall
9.85 3 miles south of Paragon
9.80 Spencer
9.50 3 miles east of Center Point (official cooperative observer report)
8.80 Martinsville
7.50 1 mile north of Brazil
7.29 2 miles east of Franklin
6.83 Terre Haute (official ASOS observation)
6.58 Brooklyn
6.37 Mooresville
6.00 2 miles south of Ellettsville
4.00 4 miles west of Plainfield
3.09 7 miles east of Southport

Below is an image of the 7 day total rainfall ending 8:00 AM June 8:

7 Day Precip Total

Widespread flooding occurred due to the heavy rain. Eventually the water worked into area rivers, causing record floods in some areas. Below are several pictures of flooding. Click on the picture to see a larger version. Thanks to all who sent in photos.

Satellite view of the flooded rivers. This false color image was taken the afternoon of June 10. Image courtesy of NOAA:

Satellite View of Flood

More satellite views of the flooded rivers. These false color images show images before and
during the flood. The first image is from May 28; the second image is from June 8; the third is from June 11. In these images the rivers are the black/blue colors, while the land is red/green. Clouds are white. Images courtesy of  Purdue/USGS/NASA.

Southern Indiana Before the Flood, May 28 Southern Indiana June 8 Southern Indiana, June 11

Below are close up satellite views of Knox and Daviess counties, from the same satellite as the images  above. The one on the left is from before the flood, while the one on the right is from June 11. In these images the rivers are the black/blue colors, while the land is red/green.  Images courtesy of  Purdue/USGS/NASA.

Knox before Flood Knox during flood

Flooding images taken from areas near Seymour (courtesy of C. Everhart):

 Near Seymour 1  Seymour 2

Flooding images taken from near Elnora in Daviess county (courtesy of M. Cornelius)

Elnora Area Facing Southeast Elnora Levee Facing East
State Road 58 Facing Southeast West of Elnora Facing Southeast

Flooding along White River in Daviess County (courtesy of J. & R. Armes)

Daviess River flooding 1 River over Levee - Daviess County River over Road - Daviess county

Flooding along Wabash River near Vincennes (courtesy of S. Sievers)

Vincennes 1 Vincennes 2 Vincennes 3

Flooding from rains in Terre Haute (courtesy of T. Riker)

Terre Haute Flooding

The flood waters had an effect on clouds as well. In the satellite pictures below, you can see the outline of the flooded rivers on the afternoon of June 14. The left image does not have any geographic identifiers, while the image on the right has county outlines and names the rivers visible.

Unmarked Satellite Image Annotated Satellite Image

Below is a list of reports received as of 11:00 AM EDT June 7:

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
1101 AM EDT SAT JUN 07 2008
..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..
0422 AM     FLOOD            PARAGON                 39.39N 86.56W
06/07/2008                   MORGAN             IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
SOME ROADS FLOODED.



0422 AM FLOOD SPENCER 39.29N 86.77W 06/07/2008 OWEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTING MUCH OF THE TOWN OF SPENCER UNDER WATER. OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTY ALSO FLOODED.
0427 AM FLASH FLOOD SULLIVAN 39.10N 87.41W 06/07/2008 SULLIVAN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT NUMEROUS CARS HELPED OUT OF HIGH WATER ON VARIOUS LOW SPOTS ON THE ROADWAYS.
0427 AM FLASH FLOOD TERRE HAUTE 39.47N 87.38W 06/07/2008 VIGO IN LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICE HAVING TO STOP MOTORISTS FROM GOING AROUND HIGH WATER SIGNS ACROSS THE COUNTY.
0427 AM FLASH FLOOD BRAZIL 39.52N 87.12W 06/07/2008 CLAY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICE CLOSING MANY ROADS WITH HIGH WATER.
0427 AM FLASH FLOOD WORTHINGTON 39.12N 86.98W 06/07/2008 GREENE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT PART OF STATE ROAD 157 ALONG WITH OTHER COUNTY ROADS ARE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER.
0427 AM FLASH FLOOD STINESVILLE 39.30N 86.65W 06/07/2008 MONROE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT STATE ROAD 37 FLOODED ACROSS THE NORTHERN PART OF MONROE COUNTY. MANY ROADS CLOSED AND SOME HOMES BEING EVACUATED AT STINESVILLE AND ELLETTSVILLE.
0511 AM HEAVY RAIN 3 S PARAGON 39.35N 86.56W 06/07/2008 M6.09 INCH MORGAN IN CO-OP OBSERVER 6.09 INCHES OF RAIN MEASURE SINCE YESTERDAY EVENING.
0633 AM FLASH FLOOD MARTINSVILLE 39.42N 86.42W 06/07/2008 MORGAN IN FIRE DEPT/RESCUE WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPT REPORTS MULTIPLE WATER RESCUES FROM RISING STREAMS AND WATER OVER THE ROADWAYS.
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 7 WNW BLOOMINGTON 39.21N 86.64W 06/07/2008 M3.28 INCH MONROE IN MESONET
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 1 SSW EDINBURGH 39.34N 85.97W 06/07/2008 M4.95 INCH JOHNSON IN MESONET
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 4 WSW GOSPORT 39.33N 86.73W 06/07/2008 M9.18 INCH OWEN IN MESONET
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 1 E MARTINSVILLE 39.42N 86.40W 06/07/2008 M6.52 INCH MORGAN IN MESONET
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 1 NNE MARTINSVILLE 39.44N 86.41W 06/07/2008 M6.10 INCH MORGAN IN MESONET
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 4 E SPENCER 39.29N 86.69W 06/07/2008 M7.73 INCH MONROE IN MESONET
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 7 S SPENCER 39.19N 86.77W 06/07/2008 M3.34 INCH OWEN IN MESONET
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 4 SW UNIVERSAL 39.58N 87.51W 06/07/2008 M6.45 INCH VIGO IN MESONET
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 8 SW GREENCASTLE 39.56N 86.95W 06/07/2008 M4.57 INCH PUTNAM IN CO-OP OBSERVER
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN SPENCER 39.29N 86.77W 06/07/2008 M7.15 INCH OWEN IN CO-OP OBSERVER
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 3 SE CENTER POINT 39.38N 87.03W 06/07/2008 M9.50 INCH CLAY IN CO-OP OBSERVER
OBSERVER MEASURED 9.50 INCHES OF RAIN AT BOWLING GREEN.


0700 AM HEAVY RAIN SPENCER 39.29N 86.77W 06/07/2008 M6.80 INCH OWEN IN AMATEUR RADIO
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 7 SW SPENCER 39.22N 86.86W 06/07/2008 M5.60 INCH OWEN IN AMATEUR RADIO
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN MARTINSVILLE 39.42N 86.42W 06/07/2008 M8.80 INCH MORGAN IN AMATEUR RADIO
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 15 NW MARTINSVILLE 39.58N 86.62W 06/07/2008 M4.20 INCH MORGAN IN AMATEUR RADIO
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN ELLETTSVILLE 39.23N 86.62W 06/07/2008 M3.75 INCH MONROE IN AMATEUR RADIO
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 2 S ELLETTSVILLE 39.20N 86.62W 06/07/2008 M6.00 INCH MONROE IN AMATEUR RADIO
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 3 SE CENTER POINT 39.38N 87.03W 06/07/2008 M9.50 INCH CLAY IN CO-OP OBSERVER
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 2 E FRANKLIN 39.49N 86.02W 06/07/2008 M3.52 INCH JOHNSON IN CO-OP OBSERVER
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN 7 E SOUTHPORT 39.66N 85.99W 06/07/2008 M3.09 INCH MARION IN CO-OP OBSERVER
0700 AM HEAVY RAIN TERRE HAUTE 39.47N 87.38W 06/07/2008 M4.59 INCH VIGO IN CO-OP OBSERVER
0705 AM FLASH FLOOD 1 S MARTINSVILLE 39.41N 86.42W 06/07/2008 MORGAN IN TRAINED SPOTTER
WATER RESCUES UNDERWAY NEAR S.R. 37 AND LIBERTY CHURCH RD.
0745 AM HEAVY RAIN 3 S PARAGON 39.35N 86.56W 06/07/2008 M8.67 INCH MORGAN IN MESONET COCORAHS SPOTTER REPORTS 8.67 STORM TOTAL WITH RAIN CONTINUING.
0800 AM HEAVY RAIN TERRE HAUTE 39.47N 87.38W 06/07/2008 M6.61 INCH VIGO IN OFFICIAL NWS OBS REPORTED BY TERRE HAUTE ASOS.
0816 AM HEAVY RAIN 2 E FRANKLIN 39.49N 86.02W 06/07/2008 M3.52 INCH JOHNSON IN NWS EMPLOYEE NWS RETIREE REPORTS 3.52 INCHES OF RAIN.
0900 AM FLASH FLOOD 2 N MARTINSVILLE 39.45N 86.42W 06/07/2008 MORGAN IN BROADCAST MEDIA MUDSLIDE REPORTED ON BLUE BLUFF ROAD NORTH OF MARTINSVILLE. AT LEAST ONE HOME DAMAGED.
0930 AM FLASH FLOOD FRANKLIN 39.49N 86.06W 06/07/2008 JOHNSON IN BROADCAST MEDIA FLOODING AT THE HOSPITAL AND AT LEAST 2 BRIDGES HAVE FAILED ON COUNTY ROADS.
0940 AM FLASH FLOOD COLUMBUS 39.21N 85.91W 06/07/2008 BARTHOLOMEW IN TRAINED SPOTTER FLASH FLOODING OCCURRING. SPOTTER REPORTS FLOODING IN AREAS THAT RARELY FLOOD.
1036 AM FLASH FLOOD 4 SE DANVILLE 39.72N 86.47W 06/07/2008 HENDRICKS IN TRAINED SPOTTER WATER WAS OVER CARTERSBURG ROAD.
1036 AM FLASH FLOOD 4 WSW BRAZIL 39.50N 87.19W 06/07/2008 CLAY IN BROADCAST MEDIA INTERSTATE 70 CLOSED BY FLOOD WATERS.
&& SUMMARY OF HEAVY RAIN AND FLOOD REPORTS RECEIVED AS OF 1100 AM EDT

 


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