Celebrations called off due to rain

Tribune staff reports

A frontal system that remained nearly stationary over southern Indiana on July 4 wiped out the celebration plans of many in the area and left behind nearly 3 inches of rain in some areas.

The rain, which began falling early Sunday and slowed briefly Monday morning before picking up steam again, forced the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for low-lying and poor drainage areas along with smaller creeks and streams.

Many Fourth of July events across southern and central Indiana were canceled or postponed because of weather.

The city of Seymour canceled its annual free Music in the Park celebration, which is conducted at Shields Park on the Fourth.

The free Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals fireworks display at Freeman Field in Seymour also was postponed because of the weather. It’s now set for 10 p.m. Saturday.

Dispatchers with both the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Seymour Police Department said they had not received any reports of flood-related issues as of Monday morning.

The flash flood warning was set to expire at 8 p.m. Monday as the frontal system began to move out, but the weather service reported longer-term flooding issues with larger streams and rivers were possible.

By Monday morning, nearly two inches of rain had fallen in the Brownstown area with another inch of rain or more possible throughout the Fourth.

The East Fork White River at Rockford was at 4.06 feet at 9:45 a.m. Monday and was expec- ted to go to 5.5 feet at 6 p.m. today. Flood stage is 12 feet.