BEECH GROVE, Ind. - Nearly a full day after Sunday night storms brought intense hail to parts of central Indiana, some Beech Grove residents still have several inches of ice in their yards.
“When it came down it was massive,” said Beech Grove resident Kay White. “I mean basically you couldn’t even see the street once it was done. And the rains after that was carrying ice chunks down the street.”
The Albany Street corridor through Beech Grove became an icy trap for drivers who thought they could make it through the flooding Sunday evening. Several cars stalled, leaving occupants to seek help pushing their vehicle out of the mess.
Videos and pictures shared on social media showed what looked like a small glacier moving down Albany Street as chunks of ice flowed down the roadway. The fast-falling hail and other debris had clogged storm drains, which resulted in flash flooding. As the hail continued to pelt the area, it formed a broken sheet of ice covering several blocks. Police had to call a snow plow truck to clear roughly nine inches of ice from the street.
A large amount of that floating ice ended up in yards and alleys in the area. Rick Allen, who lives at the corner of 8th Street and Albany Street, recalled watching the icy flood mix creep up into his front yard Sunday night.
“It came all the way up to here,” Allen said, pointing to his front step. “I mean the water was up to there, I thought boy it better not get much higher. So I got some water in the basement and stuff.”
“It was the most torrential downpour I’ve ever witnessed in my life,” Allen said.
Allen noted the strange scene in his front yard as the sun came up Monday. The aftermath of a Spring storm looked more like the remnant of a Winter storm.
“Oh it’s going to melt. It’s May and we’re going to proceed on,” he said. “But look at that. That’s eight, nine, ten inches, look at that.”
As of late Monday afternoon, the Indianapolis office of the National Weather Service had not confirmed any tornado touchdowns in central Indiana Sunday night. They were still reviewing reports and data Monday.