Storms dump more than half a foot of rain in parts of Indiana, causing much road flooding



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INDIANAPOLIS — Heavy rains that dumped more than half a foot of rain overnight in some places triggered widespread flooding Friday in some central and northern Indiana counties.

State police closed a section of Interstate 69 in both directions near Marion because of water on the highway. That area, between Fort Wayne and Muncie, has had the heaviest rain totals, according to the National Weather Service, which issued flash flood warnings for several counties.

Blackford County emergency management director Aaron Henderson says the county just north of Muncie has seen at least 8 inches of rain. The rural county's school district canceled classes for the day, with Henderson saying numerous roads are flooded and drivers are being asked to avoid nonessential travel.

"We're seeing water standing in areas we've never seen water stand before," he said. "There's just nowhere for it to go."

Henderson said some homes and buildings have been flooded although no injuries were immediately reported.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz said he didn't immediately know how deep the water was on the well-traveled stretch of I-69, but he said no crashes or stranded motorists had been reported. Police were routing traffic onto nearby state highways to get around the flooding.

"Mother Nature's in charge of this thing, like it or not," he said.

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Associated Press writer Tom Davies contributed to this report.

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