Flooding in Terre Haute
I’ve come to understand in the last few years that life has an extraordinary way of shifting gears, throwing everything into reverse, or shooting to high speed, in a matter of moments.
I woke up this morning to a phone call from my older sister trying to track down my parents – at 7:30 a.m. Soon, the other sister was on the phone, then mom, briefly. There was serious flooding in Terre Haute, but mom felt they were fine. In her lifetime on that property, the water had never made it to the house, so there was no reason to feel that it would.
By 9 (and don’t quote me on times. It’s been a long morning), my parents had water to their knees in the house – rising probably five feet in an hour. My lil sis worked the phones until she got a rescue boat out to them, but which point the water was over waist high in the house.
There wasn’t time to take much. By the time they realized they would have to evacuate, it was too late to save pictures and valuables. By the time they realized they needed extra clothes, most of the clothes were wet.
They got to safety – dropped at the highest neighbor’s home. The county is in a state of emergency. All roads closed. Probably 75% are under water.
My mother-in-law was just evacuated in the last two hours. I’ve been talking to various friends – others are either out or getting out. Noone has been unaffected. I was born and raised in TH, most of my family is there, all of my co-workers are there, friends from high school and college – I know lots of people there. It’s a huge worry for me right now.
It sounds as if several levees and dams broke throughout the county. I70 has even been closed between Cloverdale and Brazil, due to a collapse, I believe.
And I’m watching TV and most of central Indiana is having similar problems. This is extraordinary flooding. Really, beyond anything anyone has seen – no less than a 100-year flood, but perhaps worse, considering many levees and dams have existed for nearly that long, and since they are breaching, it’s threatening homes that are actually rather old. It’s truly hard to comprehend.
But, so far, everyone is safe.