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Tippecanoe River flood victims desperate to get into homes

River levels are on the decline, but not fast enough for those forced out of their homes. Many along the Tippecanoe River desperately want to get inside their homes.

Posted: Feb. 22, 2018 7:03 PM
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018 7:06 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — River levels are on the decline, but not fast enough for those forced out of their homes.

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It's going to take time before Kimberly Dunn can call this experience water under the bridge.

"You wouldn't think that the water can get so deep so quick that you're trapped," said Dunn.

Dunn and her mother had to evacuate their home leaving pretty much everything behind, including their pets.

"I still have four cats in the upstairs bedroom," said Dunn. "I would really love for the water to go down so I can go check and make sure they're alright."

Several people living along Tippecanoe River don't even know what kind of damage their houses are facing because the water is too high to drive or walk through.

Some fear criminals will get to their houses before they do.

"I think last time there was a guy that had a mower down here on a trailer and got it stolen," said Brad Dillon. "So, you just really don't know. I mean, there isn't any way you can get back in there, so you just kind of wait it out."

Dillon said he isn't worried about insurance. He lives in Lafayette and his home on the river is just for fun. But Dunn knows it's going to hurt her wallet.

"We are what they call a repetitive loss property and our insurance is down to the minimum," said Dunn. "So, yeah it's going to be an issue."

As if water damage wasn't enough to worry about, some neighbors are concerned erosion will cause trees to fall on their homes creating even more devastation.

"We are done on the river, it's the two of us we have too many medical issues we can't do this," said Dunn. 

Many along the Tippecanoe River are still need need of help from the rising waters.

Some neighbors wonder why NIPSCO, the company that runs the dam didn't let more water out a few days before the rain to avoid this flooding.

NIPSCO told News 18 Thursday that would be against federal regulations. The Oakdale dam isn't engineered for flood control. It's known as a run of the river dam.

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