Owen County issues emergency declaration following storms


SPENCER, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Officials in Owen County have declared a state of emergency, including a travel advisory, in the area following heavy rainfall Saturday morning.

The Owen County Commissioners made the declaration around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, citing significant damage to local roads and bridges. Over 30 Owen County roads are currently closed while 23 culverts have been washed out and two bridges damaged, according to a news release from the county.

Part of this state of emergency includes a travel advisory watch, meaning Owen County safety officials are discouraging all non-essential travel on county roads for the foreseeable future. Mandatory travel has been defined as any travel for medical or caregiver needs, mandatory employment activities or to obtain food and household items.

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