Rainfall deluges county

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Rain that began falling Wednesday evening should stop pouring by noon today — but the unusually heavy rainstorm already brought road flooding and a fire caused by a possible lightning strike.

Motorists on Interstate 65 were creeping slowly past a flooded lane on the southside Thursday, and a Center Grove area home sustained about $50,000 in damage after catching fire in what officials believe was likely a lightning strike.

Rain began falling Wednesday night, and by Thursday workers in Johnson County were checking creeks for high water and street drains for clogging. At least four roads were closed in the county, and Franklin street crews put up signs on South Street and Simon Road warning motorists to slow down due to water on the streets.

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