BROWNSBURG, Ind. (December 27, 2015) -- Continuous rainfall and flash flooding have created dangerous conditions around Indianapolis.
“The biggest challenge is if that water rises again, I mean the water is almost at 12 feet,” says owner of Natural Valley Ranch Chuck Damler.
Especially in Brownsburg where flood waters were so high that more than a dozen horses were stuck for hours.
“They were on the other side of the creek so we knew we would not be able to get across there,” says Damler.
Emergency personnel had to wade into waters way over their head to perform a swift water rescue.
“Our concern was that is we did not get them out the water, they were not going to make it. They were already getting hypothermic since the water was about 40 degrees,” says Damler.
The rescue was extremely challenging.
“The crews warned us that they may not be able to get them,” says co-owner of Natural Valley Ranch Marie Damler.
Crews were using ropes and heavy equipment and were even under water.
“The current is so strong because it is going so fast! It pulled a rescuer underneath the water,” says Marie Damler.
All of the horses made it to dry land. The waters at White Lick creek continue to move rapidly. The water levels were nearly at 12 feet and with more rain continuing to fall through Monday, this could pose yet another issue for the farm.
“The water level was at 11.5 ft. and with more rain, it is going to come up more,” says Damler.
Natural Valley Ranch moved the horses to higher ground because of the heavy flooding and not knowing what lies ahead.
The ranch tweeted early Sunday morning that they were moving animals to safety after waters started rising:
A few hours later they tweeted an update about rescue teams arriving at the ranch to help rescue the horses:
Brownsburg fire rescue crews, as well as personnel from Avon, Plainfield, Danville and an animal rescue team from Morgantown were on scene to assist with the rescue effort.