Top 5 Severe Weather Events in Indiana History

The Midwest attracts people to the area for its ample farmlands, industrious cities and natural wonders like the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, this area is also known for having intense weather conditions, from massive floods to deadly tornadoes. Indiana has seen its share of destructive weather throughout the years. Whether it’s flooding in the summer or heavy snow in the winter, people living here have learned to hunker down when the weather is at its worst.

Recounting Five Severe Weather Events in Indiana

  1. The Great Flood of 1913

Indiana has had many floods in its history, but one of the most infamous floods occurred in March 1913. From Indianapolis to Shelbyville, widespread flooding took place just before the spring and caused $25 million in damages across the state. The floods blocked transportation routes, cut off supplies of food and medicine and devastated homes and businesses throughout the area.

  1. The Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925

On March 18, 1925, a tornado touched down and crossed Missouri, Illinois and Indiana in three hours. It destroyed and damaged nine towns and several villages along the way, claiming hundreds of lives in Indiana alone. Homes were leveled as the mile-wide twister tore through homes and businesses and left many areas from Parrish to Princeton in shambles.

  1. The Great Blizzard of 1978

For four days in January 1978, a historic winter storm blasted the Great Lakes region, dumping as much as 3 feet of snow in some places; Indianapolis officially reported 15 inches. Wind chills dipped to 50 degrees below zero, and 20-foot snow drifts made travel almost impossible in some areas. The blizzard buried many houses, collapsing roofs under the heavy weight of the snow.

  1. Severe Storms of 1998

On July 22, 1998, President Clinton declared a state of emergency for Indiana after a series of storms caused tornadoes and flooding two weeks earlier. Severe weather produced tornadoes that ripped down trees and tore apart houses. Straight-line winds knocked down power lines, and up to 6 inches of rain fell in a short period. More than 10 inches of rain fell in June, and this new rain system led to flood damage in homes and businesses.

  1. Hurricane Ike 2008

Though hurricanes mostly affect Florida and the Eastern states, they sometimes follow a northerly path from the Gulf Coast. In 2008, Hurricane Ike blew into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, bringing significant rainfall and strong wind gusts as far north as Indianapolis. The winds left many people without power in southern Indiana, and massive flooding took place along the hurricane’s path, damaging numerous homes across the northern half of the state.

Have floods and severe weather damaged your home or business? Contact Paul Davis Restoration of Northeast Indiana for information on how we can help reclaim what Indiana’s storms have tried to take away.