Thanks to several of you have written to ask if those of us from Indiana are doing okay after this weekend's massive flooding. Personally, we got a bit of water in the basement but that's about it. When we bought our house a couple years ago, we also looked at a house on Hannah Avenue. The Indianapolis Star picture to the right is Hannah Avenue. I'm glad we didn't buy that house!
I've talked to most of our local contributors now and everyone seems to be okay. The only person I'm mildly worried about is Marti; I know she lives on the southside and that's where the most flooding happened here in Indy. You've not seen anything until you've seen military transport helicopters whirling around overhead like your city has become a war zone. It's scary.
Jerame's family wasn't so lucky. They live in Columbus, Indiana; the town is shut down - no way in and no way out. His grandmother's home was hit the worst; his uncle lived in the furnished basement but the water filled the basement and made it about a foot high on the first floor. She has no renter's insurance. We're also still waiting to hear from Paige's mom and brother; they live in another hard-hit town.
The Columbus hospital had to be evacuated after the water took over. (Video at that post is amazing.) Close to where I used to work when we lived there, a dam burst and the the entire Prince's Lakes area is still cut off. (This picture is about a half mile from where I worked. See the line of trees at the top? That was my store.) One person died in Columbus and the National Guard is patrolling and rescuing stranded folks. Interstate 70 was closed after part of the road washed away; Semi trucks were washed down Interstate 65.
Thanks for your concern, Projectors. We seem to be doing fine, but please keep our friends and families in your prayers.
First I had a gun shoved in my face on my own front porch and now the Great Deluge. It's been a hell of a week.
At least one person died, hospitals were evacuated, a dam failed, people fled their homes in boats.
Flooding followed a torrential downpour Saturday that swamped low-lying areas between Terre Haute and Bloomington, sending rivers and streams over their banks: An apparent Indiana record of almost 11 inches fell in Edinburgh, and 8 to 10 inches were recorded from Sullivan to Shelbyville.
The governor's office reported one person dead in Columbus and no others seriously hurt. The Columbus Republic reported on its Web site that a body was found in a flood-washed car.
The property damage across Indiana is expected to be substantial.
Columbus Hospital evacuated more than 100 patients in the face of flooding. In Franklin, water gushed through the front door of Johnson Memorial Hospital about 7 a.m. Saturday, forcing the emergency department to make a hasty move to drier quarters.
Shelters were set up in Greenwood, Trafalgar, Martinsville and Bloomington, among other communities. Columbus alone opened four. Officials did not have a precise count of how many people had come to the shelters.
Police and highway officials closed many roads south and west of Indianapolis, including two interstates. I-65 was closed from its junction with I-465 to Columbus for several hours, and I-70 was closed by the State Police at 4:30 p.m. as waters lapped over the pavement. Eastbound lanes reopened at 8:30 p.m.
"I don't remember I-70 and I-65 ever being closed to flooding that I can remember," said Wainscott, who spent more than two decades as an Indiana State Police trooper.