Central Indiana on track to have wettest summer on record

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (July 27, 2015) - All the rain central Indiana has received so far this summer has been record breaking. The region is on track to have the wettest summer ever recorded.

If you talk to almost anyone in Noblesville, they’ll almost all tell you the same thing.

“I can’t ride my bike; I can’t go out and walk my dog, go out and do things because it’s raining all the time,” said one man.

“I’m retired so I would like to be able to go out more and do more things but you don’t know if it’s going to rain or not, because it always looks like it’s going to,” said one woman who lives in Noblesville.

“My dad helps farm in Henry County and there’s been a lot of crops that got drowned out there so the water’s been a problem for the farmers,” said another Hamilton County resident.

Thousands of acres of central Indiana’s corn crop have been ruined by record breaking rainfall. Flash flooding has acted as the biggest culprit.

“I’ve never seen this much flash flooding before. Just this month we’ve given out almost 3,000 sandbags,” said Carl Erickson, Deputy Director of Hamilton County Emergency Management.

Hamilton County Emergency Management officials have spent weeks watching flood waters consume city streets.

“The thing that we’ve experienced the most this summer is flash flooding, just like everybody else in the district or the state, it’s flash flooding,” said Erickson.

So far this July, rainfall recorded at the Indianapolis International Airport shows the area has received 13.13 inches of rain, breaking the record of 13.12 inches of July rainfall, set in 1875.

We’ve suffered through 21.49 inches of rain since the beginning of June. That’s more than 13 inches above average. 1875 marked the all-time wettest meteorological summer (June-August), with 28.99 inches of rain. This summer, still with six weeks left, marks the wettest summer season in 139 years.

The record-breaking wet weather has been great training for Hamilton County’s new Emergency Management Director, Erin Rowe, on the job only three weeks, she’s already flooded with experience.

“Feet to the fire and it’s a great way to learn in my opinion. You’ve got to jump in and actually do to understand I think understand exactly what’s going on,” she said.

With all that said, Hamilton County Emergency Management officials say this is not the worst summer in terms of overall severe weather. Flash flooding has been an issue, but the county has had long term flooding, with long lasting damage that has been far worse that what they’ve seen so far this year.

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