Huntington Cleans Up After Flash Floods

By Krystal Shull
By Megan Trent

May 16, 2011 Updated May 16, 2011 at 5:46 PM EST

UPDATED: HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - When it rains, it pours. Many home owners spent Monday drying out after this weekend's flash floods, but city officials say river levels are receding faster than they imagined.

Colin Bullock is the Superintendent of Huntington's Water Pollution Control. He residents and city employees are working together to clean up the mud and debris left behind when more than five inches of rain caused the Wabash River and Flint Creek spilled over it's banks Saturday evening.

"We're going to try to study some of these areas and see if we can help improve them in the future. Of course, there's nothing you can do with Mother Nature if you're getting 5, 6, 7, 8 inches of rain. It's hard to plan for that, but we'll look into what kind of studies we can do."

Denise Bard, Superintendent of Huntington's Parks and Recreation Department, says, "The parks normally maintain water anyway, because a couple of them sit on the river, in addition to our River Greenway."

Bard says Huntington has tools in place to reduce the damage from flash floods. "One park is specifically designed just to hold water - to alleviate flooding in some of the residential areas. So, we always expect that water to be there. It was a little more significant this time than what it has been in the past."

The cost of damages caused the flooding is not yet known, but officials say they're thankful that no one was injured.

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HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - No rescues needed in Huntington county but officials say it's time for clean-up, with last night's flash flooding causing major problems.

Parts of the country received up to five inches of rain in less than an hour last night. Volunteers worked from 8 p.m. Saturday night until 4 a.m. Sunday morning filling much needed sand bags.

Officials say at least 40 homes were flooded and nearly 60 structures in all were affected by the flooding.

"We ended up with 5.3 inches of rain and major flooding here. You can see that water came up across the highway and washed out all this riprap here next to the road. We just got a major mess here," according to Kenny Eckert, who's lived in Huntington for 12 years.

Brandon Taylor, Director of Emergency Management Director of Huntington County says, "We had to do what we could to try and keep it out of our houses last night and we were affected at doing that to keep it minimal. There were some houses that we couldn't get to in time so they've had substantial flooding inside them. We just couldn't get there fast enough."

Taylor encourages folks to call his office to report any damage the flash floods caused. Call (260) 358-4870




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