Heavy rains cause flooding and tree damage in Zionsville

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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (July 14, 2015) -- Storm cleanup continued Tuesday in Boone County after overnight storms dumped several inches of rain in the Zionsville area, and high winds knocked down trees.

With Eagle Creek overflowing its banks, there won’t be any tee times at the Zionsville Golf Course.

There also won’t be any pitches thrown at the Lions Club Park ball diamonds.

You will, however, find Willow Brown and her brother paddling around on their kayaks.

“My dad woke me up and said the park was flooded, so we came and we wanted to kayak,” said Brown.

The flooding came after several inches of rain poured down on Zionsville overnight.

Willow, for one, loves the bad weather.

”I like the rain because then we can kayak in it,” said Willow.

Unfortunately for Willow, Zionsville police didn't find the kayaking so funny, and they quickly taped off the park.

The 22-acre Lions Club Park sits in a flood plain and did a good job protecting area homes from the high water.

”The water is better here than in someone’s basement,” said Lions Club board member Gene Thompson. “We have to clean it up and hose it off, but it's serving the purpose it’s supposed to do.”

It’s also been a busy day for tree trimmers in Boone County.

“We were already busy beforehand and now we’re inundated. We can only do so much in one day,” said Mike Eickholtz with Michael’s Tree Experts.

Mike and his crew have spent most of the day cutting up nearly a dozen trees that feel on just one property.

Luckily, the downed limbs did minimal damage to the house.

“The white pine is notorious for catching the wind like a kite. It uprooted the tree and blew it over and there’s what you get. A lot of work to be done, that’s for sure,” said Eickholtz.

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