INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 7, 2015) – More than a dozen people were rescued from their homes following severe flooding on the west side of Indianapolis. Flash flooding caused several residents to become trapped inside as the water started to rise.
The Wayne Township Fire Department responded to the 800 block of South Biltmore Avenue around 3:30 p.m. on a water rescue call. At least twenty homes were surrounded by water when they arrived.
"It came up pretty quick but again the situation is under control at this point and we're just making sure that everybody is taken care of that is living in the affected area," said Capt. Mike Pruitt with the Wayne Township Fire Department.
Crews evacuated 15 people and eight pets from the area. Some residents had to be reached by boat.
Tuesday afternoon the city activated the Emergency Operations Center, allowing multiple agencies to deploy additional resources. The Indianapolis Fire Department and the Decatur Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.
The American Red Cross is working to provide assistance to approximately 20 families. Red Cross volunteers went door to door in the neighborhoods affected by flash flooding. They visited another neighborhood near Collier Street and West Ray where several homes had water damage.
"We had about two and a half feet of water in the yards, in the house, water was up to my knees," said Paul Herman, who was inside his home on Collier Street when flood waters began creeping in.
The Red Cross is helping about 50 to 60 displaced residents find emergency housing. The agency will also assist with clean up efforts by providing kits with buckets, mops and cleaning products.