On Friday, June 16, the National Weather Service in Wilmington issued a Flood Advisory for Eastern Franklin County until 10:30 p.m. The weather update stated, “Minor flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in the advisory area. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain have fallen. Some locations that may experience flooding include Oxford, Brookville, Camden, West College Corner, College Corner, Cedar Grove, Mount Carmel, Charlottesville, Mixerville, Billingsville, Cottage Grove, Mounds State Recreation area,” and more.


A few hours after the original alert was posted, another followed at 8:42 p.m. advising flash floods were a threat for the region.

“Whole lot of storms and heavy rain still lining up to move northeast through the area tonight,” NWS stated on its website. “This means the threat for flash flooding will continue, particularly for our counties in southeast Indiana and southwest / western Ohio.”

In less than an hour, another warning was issued from NWS stating areas of southeast Indiana were under a flash flood warning until midnight Friday. By then, three and four inches of rain had already fallen around the county and one to two more inches of rain were predicted to be possible. The flash flood warning areas were in eastern Franklin County, Dearborn County, and northeastern Ripley County.Weather officials warned it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding at night, and to move to higher ground as a precaution, and the slogan “Don't drown, turn around,” was being shared across social media networks.

At 9:40 p.m., an update came from the Franklin County Emergency Management stating, “per the Franklin County commissioners, Franklin County was moved to a yellow travel advisory through the night as we assess the roads. Please stay off the roads, if possible.”

Several reports came in from Nixle throughout the evening, and several community members shared roadways they had found flooded. Some of the alerts included Richland Creek Road was flooded and closed, parts of Blue Creek were closed due to flooding, slab at Bulltown Road impassable, and flooding on Davidson Road.

The Brookville Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to an incident on Blue Creek, where extreme flooding began to sweep a vehicle off of the roadway, and were able to assist in the rescue of the driver.
It was reported an additional two to three inches fell before the final advisory expired at 8:30 am. On Saturday. at 5:30 p.m., the highway department reported all roads were cleared and repaired, and the yellow travel advisory had been lifted.