HAMILTON Co. Ind. (June 29, 2015) - Rainfall over the weekend led to some significant flooding in central Indiana. With continued rain in the forecast, there are concerns about what may be next.
“It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks dealing with, at least, just trying to get the message out to everybody about current weather conditions, incoming weather,” said Carl Erickson, the emergency management director for Hamilton County.
June has been a headache for emergency management officials. The White River is constantly cresting its banks. It sat at 19 feet on Saturday. The average for this time of year is around 6 feet.
“We’re trying to do the best that we can again with educating the public, offer up any kind of resources as we have them as they become available whether it be simple education, notification,” said Erickson.
“I really didn’t know what I was in for until I was past the point of no return. I made it through in my Silverado, but there were cars on each side,” said John Miller, a driver in Muncie.
“We were standing on the front porch and a car just drove right around a police officer and went right into the water up to her windows,” said Schwartz, co-owner of Schwartz’s Bait and Tackle, which sits along what was a flooded State Road 19 in Noblesville.
High water shut down streets and held drivers hostage.
Central Indiana has been slammed with early summer showers. The average rain fall in June sits at 3.97 inches. So far this month, we’ve had more than double that, 8.15 inches, putting this June as the seventh wettest month in history.
“I’ve never seen it this high. We come down and visit periodically and it’s amazing, I’ve never. Even my mom who’s lived here for all her life said she’s never ever seen it this high,” said Alex Voils about the White River.
In the very early hours of Saturday morning, road conditions were so poor in Hamilton County; one driver passing through an area with high water struck a utility pole and died.
As always, know what weather is headed your way and if you’re concerned about flooding, contact your local emergency management department for what resources are available in your area.