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Heavy rain causing problems throughout county




Motorists on Interstate 65 were creeping slowly past a flooded lane on Thursday, and workers in Johnson County were checking creeks for high water and street drains for clogging.

Rain has been falling for hours, and this morning water pulled a Jeep off I-65 near the Southport Road exit and caused another driver to abandon a truck, which the state police later had towed. The driver of the Jeep was able to regain control and drive on, a state police spokesman said.

In Greenwood and Franklin, street crews were checking street drains for sticks, leaves and trash that could clog them and prevent rainwater from running off the streets properly. Neither city had gotten reports of roads or homes flooding due to the storm.

Stephanie Sichting, director of Johnson County Emergency Management, was driving along streams and creeks, including Young's Creek and Big Blue River, to keep an eye on the water level.

Greenwood's 22 street department workers were driving all of the city's streets, and would backtrack later in the day to check again for flooding or plugged drains on main roads and in neighborhoods, department superintendent Greg Owens said.

Beyond that, the city can't do much to prevent flooding, he said. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis said that the storm is expected to produce rainfall that can be heavy at times through mid-day Friday.

"You're at the mercy of Mother Nature. If it comes down in buckets, you just hope it stops," Owens said.

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