NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (April 9, 2015) - With more rain on the way Thursday, parts of Hamilton County prepared for flash flooding. There was concern among the county’s emergency management officials that even a little rain could lead to flooding.
“I’m expecting it to cross the road,” said one man as he pointed to the street in front of his Noblesville home.
Residents in the Riverwood section of Noblesville are all too familiar with flooding, “It’ll come up my garage maybe 30 inches, then it goes down, been doing it for 45 years,” he said.
Riverwood and the houses in it sit right along the White River, where already Thursday, waves were creeping up over the banks.
“You live on the river, you take what you get,” said the man.
Trying to get ahead of expected rainfall, Hamilton County emergency management teams were prepared to hand out 2,000 sandbags to residents concerned about potential flooding.
“We just bought a house and the whole thing just floods, it gets really bad,” said Linda Velis.
Velis lives in Noblesville. Her basement, already had water in it Thursday, and with more rain expected for Thursday night, she looked to load up with sandbags.
“The last rain we had about three days ago, it was like a pool in my yard and my son was playing in it, in his power wheel and I put it on Facebook and someone commented, ‘oh, you have a pool in your yard!’ that’s how bad it gets,” he said.
“Normally, with flash flooding we don’t get a lot of people that come in for sandbags. This time, since we opened up last night, we’re almost at 250 bags we’ve given out,” said Carl Erickson, Hamilton County’s Emergency Management Director.
Emergency Management officials were on the lookout Thursday night. According to officials, less than an inch of rain, and the White River could leave some communities looking like lakes.
“Flash flooding is just that, it happens in a flash. You may drive through one part of the road and it’s fine or there’s a little bit of water and you can turn around and 20-30 minutes later come back to that same portion of road and it’s completely flooded and you’re not aware of that,” said Erickson.
Officials cautioned residents to not drive unless they had to. When driving, if you see a flooded road, turn around, you don’t know how deep the water is, or what may be beneath it.
Sandbags will be available again in Noblesville Friday for any Hamilton County resident concerned with flooding.