Indiana rainfall breaks 140-year-old record
Monday, July 27, 2015, 3:39 - A Flash Flood Warning remained in effect for portions of Indiana Monday, following record-breaking, flooding rains over the weekend.
Sudden heavy rainfall left a number of roads washed out throughout central Indiana Sunday night.
Drivers were warned to stay off the roads as a Flash Flood Warning was issued for much of the state overnight.
Rainfall broke a 140-year-old record in Indianapolis, making this July the wettest month ever recorded in the city.
The National Weather Service in Indianapolis said the 1.25 inches of rain that fell Sunday night pushed the city to 13.13 inches of rainfall for the month. That was just above the previous record for Indianapolis’ previous wettest month on record, set in July 1875 when 13.12 inches was recorded.
Heavy rain pooled parts of I-456 causing westbound traffic to slow down to 30 mph, the Indiana Department of Transportation’s TrafficWise.
Much of central Indiana has been hit with several bouts of heavy rain since the end of May.
Officials say those heavy rains have flooded cropland, creating big losses for farmers across the state.
Last month was the wettest June on record for Indiana, but the statewide rainfall total for July won’t be available for another few more days.