Sunday, June 8, 2008

Dams, levees fail in major Indiana flooding

Disaster News Network: Coming just days after heavy rains and tornadoes ripped through Indiana, up to 10 inches of rain drenched the central part of the state Saturday, forcing hundreds from their homes and flooding interstates and highways.

A dam at Prince’s Lakes in Johnson County was overtopped and breached Saturday afternoon, and levee failures were reported in Vigo, Clay and Greene counties, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. More rain was possible overnight and the State Emergency Operations Center was to remain activated through the night to support flood response operations. The forecast called for some sunshine on Sunday.

Kevin Cox with the Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (INVOAD) said conditions were so dangerous that state officials were asking volunteers to wait until roads and bridges were safer before beginning their relief efforts.

“Most of our counties, the roads and bridges are being washed out,” Cox said, adding that the Salvation Army also was providing shelter to storm victims. “We’re asking volunteers to please not respond for a couple of days and stay tuned to the news. This will be one of the largest cleanups in state history.”

Some of the same regions and counties involved in widespread floods in January were again under water Saturday. “It was nonstop thunder, the wind and a downpour today,” said Ann Gregson, resource development manager with the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis. “It’s whole communities being evacuated. Main arteries are out.”…

Bloggers sometimes make puns. Rainsville, Indiana (Warren County, in an early map, via Wikimedia Commons


net500cg said...

I just found your blog when doing a Google on Rainsville, IN. Quite interesting.

I grew up less than 8 miles from this little town and know it very well. Since the mid 1840's a number of my ancestors either lived in or very near the town.

At one time, it was quite a bustling community, boasting as many as 14 saloons and 9 blacksmiths.

From the late 1820's until the mid 1860's, Rainsville, was a thriving community at the edge of the western frontier. The Erie Canal however, was the initial 'knife-in-its-heart' leading to its eventual demise. The railroad's run, though promised to run right through Rainsville, never materialized there, but ran farther to the south and west. This was the final straw and Rainsville remained only a 'What if..' in the annals of western frontier potential.

Even though Rainsville had nothing to do with the rain event of this year's Hoosier flooding, it still gets kidded for its name. Guess that is expected. It's happened a lot before and will continue to until it's totally forgotten.


Brian Thomas said...

Hi, Les,

It's always a pleasure when someone's past connects with the present. I unknowingly picked up on a hoary joke from your past in doing my image search.

I hope you keep reading the blog! All the best