Zionsville Times Sentinel

January 1, 2014

Residents, parks deal with major flood

By Matt Werner Times Sentinel Writer
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Several Zionsville residents got a rude awakening early Friday morning, April 19, as water overflowed Eagle Creek and its feeders.

The Boone County Commissioners declared a state of emergency as flooding caused a multitude of problems including stranded motorists, displaced residents and residents without electricity or working toilets.

RECORD FLOODING LEVELS

According to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, Boone County had about half an inch of rain and 8 inches of snow from March 24 to March 30. As the snow melted, the county got an additional one-tenth of an inch of rain from March 31 to April 6. From April 7 to April 13, the ground became even more saturated with around 2.5 inches of rain. And from April 14 to April 19, flooding began with around 6.5 inches more of rain.

Al Shipe, of the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, said the rain system stalled over central Indiana and didn't move out in a timely manner, adding more water to the already saturated ground. The cold March also pushed the spring rains into April, he said, smashing them all together back-to-back.

Both Eagle Creek in Zionsville and Sugar Creek in Crawfordsville, flowing into Boone County, set a second-place flood record. Eagle Creek surpassed the major flood stage overnight Thursday to Friday. A major flood is signaled at the 14-foot stage, and the creek crested at 15.96 feet early Friday morning. The record is 19.2 feet, set in June 1957. The previous second-place record was 14.64 feet, set in 1964.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.