Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 19, 2013

SLIDESHOW: County lifts disaster declaration

Staff report
Zionsville Times Sentinel

Zionsville — The Boone County Commissioners lifted the disaster declaration and lower travel status to a watch advisory, meanging only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emerency situations, is recommended, according to Mike Martin, director of Boone County EMA.

Record rainfall on April 16 and April 18 lead to floods in the area that turned many local roads into rivers and forced many to evacuate.

All three school systems are closed today, along with the county and Lebanon city offices.

After a high of 77 degrees about noon yesterday, temperatures now stand at just 38 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. A freeze watch is now in effect from 4 a.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. A flood warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. today.

Shelters have been established at Zionsville Christian Church and at Harney Elementary in Lebanon by the American Red Cross.

At one point the only ways in or out of Zionsville were through County Road 975 to the north or Sycamore Street (old State Road 334) to the west, as Eagle Creek flooded both Zionsville road near 106th Street and Sycamore Street near Lions Park to the east. Eagle Creek was listed at 15.98 feet, almost two feet above major flood stage of 14 feet, according to the National Weather Service. The record was 19 feet in 1957.

Overnight, Zionsville police and fire crews rescued four people, evacuated 18 residents and notified about 15 Cobblestone Lakes residents of severe flooding. Click on the town's website for information on road closures. Zionsville Road just south of the Village was closed earlier, but is now open, as is Sycamore Street near Lions Park.