Columbus students use eLearning when schools are closed because of flooding

Posted at 11:34 AM, Apr 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 22:08:22-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Students in Bartholomew County are using eLearning to make up for missed classes after flooding causes schools to close for two days this week. 

First grader Alexander Herrera's mother says her son embraced the move.

"He got up and he didn't know he wasn't going to school and he was excited.  We did about half of the course already that we were supposed to, but we took a break," said Barbara Herrera. 

According to the Bartholomew County Emergency Management Agency, the following streets are closed: 

  • Tellman Rd. Shut down at 200 W to Indianapolis Rd.
  • Southern Crossing 
  • SR 11 at 550 S
  • 800 S between SR 11 and 31
  • 225 N (St Rd 9 – Newbern Rd)
  • 400 N gates are closed
  • South Gladstone 
  • 800 S. between SR 11 and 31
  • 900 N. between 200 E. and 300 E.

The following streets have high water:

  • SR 11 at Garden City
  • 620 North (east of the Bridge)
  • 800 North (west of 100 W)
  • 400 West (200 S – 250 S)
  • 450 North (east of 225E and Tally Rd)
  • Newbern Road (north of the bridge)
  • 850 S (at 400 W)
  • 930 S ( 300W – 400W)
  • Rockyford Rd west of Marr Rd
  • Tellman Camp Rd
  • 600 E/850 S
  • 100 W between 650 S and 700 S

Several Bartholomew County roads are closed at this time with additional closures expected.

In the event of the expected road closures, the following routes of travel are recommended into Columbus:

  • (from the North) Interstate 65 to the 76-mile marker (US 31 exit)
  • (from the South/East) US 31 to State Road 46.

Local law enforcement is contacting residents in neighborhoods that are expected to be impacted by the anticipated flood event.   

The Southern Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter at Donner Center in Columbus should residents need housing assistance. 

Columbus Animal Care Services will also be set up at this location to provide assistance should it be needed.

According to INDOT's, many interstates or state roads are closed, but some are not due to flooding. 

Click the map below to see the full INDOT map of closures.

Officials are again reminding anybody driving to not drive through flooded roads. Remember, turn around don't drown!

Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. Twelve inches of water can carry away a car.

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