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Drivers rescued, residents evacuated in high water

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More than 30 drivers were washed off flooded roadways or stranded in high water and police and fire firefighters evacuated residents from homes as water continued to rise overnight.

A travel advisory is still in effect this morning and drivers are asked not to travel except for necessary reasons such as getting to work or emergencies, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency director Stephanie Sichting said. County officials will discuss the situation at noon and decide whether the travel restriction can be lifted, she said.

A flood warning remains in effect for Johnson County until 10:45 p.m. Monday.

A total of 4.65 inches of rain fell in Greenwood. The Indianapolis International Airport recorded 3.43 inches of rain and 5.2 inches was collected at a weather station in Monroe County.

The Johnson County Highway Department ran out of barricades to mark road closings as high water was across more than 20 roads by 8 p.m. when the county declared travel restrictions. Throughout the night, police continued to respond to calls from drivers who had been washed off roadways or stranded in high water.

On County Road 200N, a driver and his girlfriend were sitting on top of their vehicle waiting for to be rescued after getting stranded in high water. On a street in Greenwood, another car was stuck in water that was up to the vehicle’s headlights.

Police, Bargersville and White River Township firefighters started a voluntary evacuation of Stone Village subdivision near Stones Crossing Road after high water started creeping up from the road to peoples’ mailboxes, Sichting said. A few families did evacuate, including three that stayed at the Johnson County dispatch center until about 7 a.m. this morning, she said.

Police also received calls from a resident on Cadogan Drive in Greenwood who had water flooding her garage and couldn’t get out of the house. Residents on Polk Manor Drive that said street drains were clogged and water was backing up into their homes.

Young’s Creek in Franklin flooded over its banks, which closed roads including South Street and U.S. 31. Graham’s Wrecker Service in Franklin also reported that water was flooding the business, Sichting said.

“It seemed like northern Johnson County was bad last night and then overnight and into this morning it was southern Johnson County that was getting it,” Sichting said.

Water has receded in many areas but some roads are still covered in high water and drivers should not attempt to cross them, Sichting said. Several vehicles got stuck overnight when drivers went around road barricades or ignored high water signs, she said. In Bargersville, a caller reported that vehicles were driving through people’s front yards to go around high water in the street.

Water levels are still rising in rivers and creeks this morning as rain drains from neighborhoods and roads into waterways, which could lead to more flash flooding, she said.

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