Corydon Town Council President Fred Cammack reported Monday what many Harrison County residents suspected: The total rainfall for the month of April was a record-high at 13.93 inches.
The total also ranked as the second-highest in Corydon since records of such things have been kept, with the 19.13 inches that fell in March 1964 topping the list.
This year, from April 19 to 28, 9.18 inches of rain fell in Corydon.
Other significant monthly totals were 13.29 inches in May 1990 and 13.27 inches in March 1997.
Rains continued into the new month, with rainfall totals around Harrison County ranging from about three inches to almost five inches in the northwest part of the county.
The Ohio River, which crested Friday at 62.88 feet on the lower gauge (ranking 25th all-time), isn’t expected to rise with the latest precipitation. That doesn’t mean the area didn’t have its share of water-related problems.
Palmyra was the hardest hit, with about 18 inches of rain falling in the area during the past couple of weeks. So much water has inundated the northern Harrison County town that yesterday afternoon town officials declared a sewer ban that’s to be in place until water levels recede.
‘All of the storm water and sewer water goes to the same place, and it’s just too much for the system to handle. There’s nowhere for the water to go,’ Cheri Banet, Palmyra town manager, said. ‘What’s happened is that we use a disinfectant for the water in the system, and that area is completely under water.
‘On top of that, the area (where) we discharge the water is full of water, so there’s nowhere to send that out,’ she said. ‘We can’t disinfect the water, and, even if we could, there’s nowhere to discharge it.’
Banet said an announcement regarding the ban was being made via media outlets as well as door-to-door visits.
Residents on the Town of Palmyra’s system are banned from sending any water down the drain, ranging from doing laundry to doing dishes to flushing toilets.
Banet said it will be several days before the ban is lifted.
To accommodate residents, a Red Cross shelter is being opened at Unity Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 1760 Lost Creek Road south of Ramsey. The shelter will be open 24 hours a day until the ban is lifted, and meals will be served if needed.
Anyone using the shelter is asked to bring their own toiletries and supplies.
Also, the YMCA of Harrison County is allowing people to take showers at its location in Corydon. People should bring their own shampoo and towels and their I.D.
Palmyra officials have arranged for 40 port-o-pots to be set up: 10 at the senior center in Palmyra, 10 near the town hall and 10 others to be distributed elsewhere.
Updates about the ban will be released daily at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
At about 12:30 yesterday (Tuesday), a car with multiple occupants went off the roadway and was completely submerged in a flooded area along Wennings Road. The occupants were able to get out of the car then fled on foot. One officer responding to the scene had difficulty getting there due to high water elsewhere.
Also yesterday, some Milltown residents were voluntarily evacuating their homes as Blue River overflowed its banks and, for a time, closed the new two-lane bridge on the east side of the town.