- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

SANDBORN, Ind. (AP) - Showers and thunderstorms from Tropical Storm Bill’s remnants moved out of Indiana on Saturday after dumping nearly seven inches of rain on one portion of southwestern Indiana where roads and some homes were swamped by the deluge.

A 24-hour rainfall map the National Weather Service released Saturday showed that adjoining areas of northern Knox and Daviess counties received an estimated 6.77 inches of rain from the storm system, while three to four inches fell over a large swath of southern Indiana.

Knox County Emergency Management spokeswoman Kellie Streeter said more than six inches of rain fell Friday afternoon in the town of Sandborn, about 40 miles south of Terre Haute, leaving several state and county roads covered in water for hours. Three people had to be rescued from their homes in the nearby city of Bicknell, where more than four inches of rain fell within about two hours, causing one home’s basement to partially collapse, she said.

Streeter said the heaviest rainfall of nearly seven inches fell in the town of Plainville in adjoining Daviess County, where some homes and many roads were also flooded.

State Road 67, a heavily-traveled link to Indianapolis, also was swamped at multiple points but Streeter said those waters had mostly receded Saturday, leaving behind debris.

Aside from heavy rainfall, the tropical system also produced prolonged vivid lightning and several funnel clouds. But no one was injured in what Streeter called one of the most memorable storms locals can recall.

“Altogether it was one of the most prolonged, unusual storms we’ve seen in years. We’ve can’t recall a time when we’ve seen that much heavy rain in such a short period of time,” she said.

A flood warning remained in effect Saturday evening across a large portion of south-central Indiana, with other flood warnings along several rivers in northern and central Indiana, including parts of the Wabash, White, St. Marys and Kankakee rivers.

The National Weather Service confirmed Saturday that a small tornado touched down Friday near the Ohio River town of Troy, about 45 miles east of Evansville.

The weather service said an EF-0 tornado with winds of about 80 mph touched down about one mile east-northeast of the Perry County town, damaging trees in a storm path that stretched about one-third of a mile.

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