Morgan County residents cleaning up after flash floods overtake homes

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. (July 12, 2015) – Mud, debris, rain water and memories cover the floor of the Hendrickson family home in Martinsville after torrential downpours and flash flooding ripped through Morgan County early Sunday morning.

“It does not usually look like this. This is nasty,” says Twiala Hendrickson.

The rainfall totaled to 3.5 inches in some parts of Morgan County. Rain water filled kitchen cabinets and even seeped inside of the refrigerator. The flash flooding created a huge mess for homeowners. Now, residents are trying to clean up the thick mud and rain water as quickly as possible.

“We have to get all of the wet clothes out of the house or else they will start molding. Then we have to get the furniture out of the house so it can air out. It is a long process,” says Martinsville resident John Hendrickson.

Residents say the water overtook their homes in minutes.

“There was nothing I could do. It was that fast. I have been through it before, so I knew what was going to happen. It came and it went and left all of the silt,” says Martinsville resident Larry Ardelean.

Just up the road, flash flooding damaged several homes in Mooresville as well.

“It was probably three and a half feet in the back and two and a half feet in the front. I think I lost everything,” says Mooresville resident Timmothy Long.

Morgan County says they are working to finish all of the damage assessments by Tuesday. With more rain on the way, the damage could get even worse.

“It is not looking good what is coming that is for sure. Hopefully it just won’t be as much or as fast as last night and this morning,” says Kenny Hale, Madison County planning and flood plain administrator.

According to several Martinsville residents the American Red Cross has not shown up to offer assistance.

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