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IMAGES | Heavy rain prompts state of emergency in Washington County, Indiana

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SALEM, Ind. (WDRB) -- Emergency workers in southern Indiana converged on Salem on Friday night to rescue people from high water.

The water began slowly receding by about 9 p.m., but some areas were under up to 20 feet of water. 

The powerful these currents from heavy rain snapped utility poles, flipped semi trailers on their sides, carrying them yards away, and smashed open a concrete bridge. 

Flood waters covered many streets in downtown Salem. Some businesses are halfway under water.


There have been no injuries reported so far, but crews made several water rescues.

"It just rained and rained and rained, and next thing you know, this is what you got," said Troy Merry, Mayor of Salem. "It's a heartbreaking situation, but we will get through it."

There are no mandatory evacuations at this point, but there is a travel advisory in place. People are being asked not to leave their homes Friday night.

Officials estimate there is millions of dollars in damage.

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