High water causing dangerous road conditions

Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office has closed State Road 43, from Happy Hollow Road to County Road 500 North, due to high water. (WLFI Photo/Samantha Thieke)
Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office has closed State Road 43, from Happy Hollow Road to County Road 500 North, due to high water. (WLFI Photo/Samantha Thieke)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The rain is causing dangerous road conditions throughout the News 18 area. Local law enforcement agencies have closed area roads due flooding concerns.

As of Friday, Carroll County is still under a Travel Advisory due to flooding concerns. Emergency Management Director Dana Jeffries said low-lying areas and some roads are covered in water. He said use caution because some county roads may be flooded or washed out. Jeffries said do not attempt to drive your vehicle through areas of high water.

Clinton County is experiencing flooding as well. As of Friday, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office said the following roads remain closed:

  • County Road 800 North – Between County Rd 100 East and County Road 200 East
  • County Road 600 West – Between County Road 200 South and County Road 300 South
  • County Road 900 West – Between State Road 28 and County Road 100 South
  • Freeman Street – In Frankfort at the Viaduct

Ed Ward, with the Tippecanoe County Highway Department, told News 18 that N. Ninth Street, from Burnetts Road all the way to Battle Ground, closed Thursday afternoon and remains shut Friday. The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office said there are homes in that vicinity that are currently at risk for flooding.

On Thursday, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office went back and forth closing and re-opening State Road 43 N., from Happy Hollow Road to County Road 500 North, due to high water problems. As of Friday, State Road 43 is currently open. But with more rain in the forecast, authorities said it could close again sometime Friday.

The Wabash River has already caused flooding in Tapawingo Park, but the water is still rising. The Wabash is expected about to gain five more feet by Saturday evening.

The Tippecanoe County Sherriff’s Office said flooding is likely on State Road 225, State Road 43 North and over the Grandville Bridge. If these roads become flooded, drivers should avoid trying to drive through these areas or any other roads with standing water.

Due to the anticipated flooding the Sheriff’s Office said their dive team is prepping for any possible rescues. As the waters continue to rise in Tippecanoe County, deputies want to remind drivers to use caution and report any roadways with standing water.

On Thursday, rain was coming down too fast for sewers to take the excessive water. Low-lying areas became flooded. The Sheriff’s Office told News 18 on Thursday, the water is rising rapidly everywhere and coming in so fast. As a result, the amount of roads flooding is so large, “we can’t keep up.”

Deputies said some flooded areas may not have signs in place, yet. They said to make sure to drive with caution and if you see standing water, turn around and take a different route.

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