Rains close multiple roads in Clinton County

CLINTON CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Recent rains have caused several road closures in Clinton County as of Thursday night.

On County Road 800 North, one of the roads closed because of high water. The standing water actually looks more like a small pond with a road through it.

County officials warn drivers, especially in the dark, that the water might be deeper than what it appears.

“I got over the hill, over there, and the road’s completely covered with water,” said driver Zach Chapman.

Chapman decided that driving through the high water on County Road 800 North wasn’t the best idea Thursday night.

“The water’s so spread out. You can’t really tell where the road is, so it could be pretty hazardous,” said Chapman.

Chapman’s not the only one advising drivers to find a different route.

Bob Puckett lives just down the road from the standing water. He said it doesn’t have a very good track record with drivers.

“Almost every year, we’ll pull at least one person out, sometimes a couple. The worst time was a couple was double dating, and they drove right in the middle of it and their car had water clear up to the seats,” said Puckett.

Road closed and high water signs warn drivers of what’s ahead.

Deputy Director Terri Goff of Clinton County Emergency Management said flooding is a problem on many of the county roads, especially in the northeast part of the county.

“Any low areas. The fields are saturated, you know. They’re just going out into the fields, the roads, to yards,” Goff said. “A lot of flooding basements. Everybody has their sump pumps out and going.”

Drivers may underestimate how deep the water really is, added Goff. She said that can only get worse as it gets darker and as more rain is expected.

“It’s more dangerous than what people think. A lot of water standing, you shouldn’t chance it. It’s not worth it,” said Goff.

Drivers told News 18 they agree.

“This is going to be flooded, so don’t go this way,” said Puckett.

“I thought about it, but then I figured it’d be safer to turn around,” added Chapman.

Goff said several county residents have come to get sandbags to protect around their homes. Along with sandbags, she advises they keep a flash light and a charged cellphone handy in a flash flooding event.

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