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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Individuals who were out driving Thursday evening or Friday morning likely noticed the effects of recent heavy rains in Whitley County.
Spotters reported to the National Weather Service that 3.51 inches had fallen by 1 p.m. Thursday. An additional report said 2.3 inches had accumulated by 4:30 a.m. Friday.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools closed for Friday. Whitko and Smith-Green Community Schools were both on two-hour delays. WCCS Superintendent Pat O‚ÄôConnor said poor road conditions influenced the decision.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a lot of places the buses can‚Äôt get to,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúAny time the safety of our students and our staff is in jeopardy we have to have a conversation and make that decision and this was one of those days.‚ÄĚ
Much of the heavy rain began last night. The superintendent thought the new day would help the rising waters, but it was not enough.
‚ÄúI was hoping what when we got some light under us maybe the water would subside and we could have school,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúBut things are different out in the county than they are on the main roads.‚ÄĚ
O‚ÄôConnor was also assured that, so far, Columbia City High School has not flooded despite problems in the past.
‚ÄúThe last flood there I think we got about five inches of rain,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúIt was something, it was torrential.‚ÄĚ