The National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Wayne, White, Hamilton, Wabash, Edwards, Saline and Gallatin Counties until 2:45 this afternoon. Two to five inches of rain has fallen over the region in the past two days. Another one to three inches of rain could fall before the system exits the region. Hamilton County officials report the Norris City Blacktop is now flooded.
All area rivers are on the rise. The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 18.55 this morning and is forecast to climb to 21.4 by Tuesday – more than 6 ft. above flood stage. The Little Wabash at Carmi is at 25.25 this morning and is expected to climb to 35.55 ft. by next Monday – more than 8 ft. above flood stage. The Big Wabash at Mt. Carmel was at 16.81 ft. this morning, and is forecast to rise to 27.9 by next Monday – nearly 9 ft. above flood stage.
Authorities in Marion County have confirmed that five Kentucky residents traveling to Minnesota drowned Saturday night when their car was swept down a flooded creek east of Patoka. The dead include three adults and two children. Names of the victims have not been released pending notification of relatives.
An autopsy is scheduled for this evening to confirm the identity of a woman pulled from a burning mobile home in Harrisburg Saturday morning. Arriving firemen said flames were pouring out of the structure when they arrived around 5 a.m.
Interstate 57 south of Marion was shut down for several hours after a five-axle truck hauling propane overturned Sunday night. The truck is not leaking at this time, however as a precaution, several homes in the area were evacuated.