COLUMBIA CITY — 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’Connor said poor road conditions influenced the decision.
“There’s a lot of places the buses can’t get to,” she said. “Any 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.”
Much of the heavy rain began last night. The superintendent thought the new day would help the rising waters, but it was not enough.
“I was hoping what when we got some light under us maybe the water would subside and we could have school,” she said. “But things are different out in the county than they are on the main roads.”
O’Connor was also assured that, so far, Columbia City High School has not flooded despite problems in the past.
“The last flood there I think we got about five inches of rain,” she said. “It was something, it was torrential.”