DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - Some Delphi residents have been asked to evacuate their homes and head to safety to avoid flooding. Many didn't waste any time packing up and getting out.
Emergency management officials said Deer Creek in Delphi has risen above the levee and there's nothing that can be done to stop it.
Residents are playing the waiting game to see just how bad it gets.
"We started loading up some stuff so we can get out of here," said Lynn Labare.
"Since we've been through it before, we've got things in the car and we're just kind of waiting," said Maria Pulliam.
Friday afternoon, residents along Deer Creek near the Little League ball park, were asked to evacuate their homes. The National Weather Service expects Deer Creek to crest at 15.2 feet sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. If that happens, Cory Cocanower with the Carroll County EMA said the water could flood several homes.
"We start running the risk of having water come up over the levee here. So at this point, what we're doing is, we're issuing a voluntary evacuation," said Cocanower.
Most residents living on Hamilton, Illinois, Wabash and Cook streets didn't waste any time. Most people started packing up their belongings and securing their homes.
"I have a friend who said we can stay with her. Our main concern is our animals because we have so many animals," said Pulliam.
"We're not loading up our furniture, mainly. Just our papers and other things that are important to us, family photographs, things like that," said Labare.
Near Delphi, in Pittsburgh, residents were also asked to evacuate voluntarily. The Wabash River started to flood some roads and homes and was expected to keep rising.
With that many people leaving their homes, emergency management officials said they need somewhere to go.
"We've also already had contact with the locals schools and the American Red Cross to set up shelters for people within Carroll County," said Cocanower.
A few people checked into that shelter at Delphi Community Elementary School but it closed around 10 p.m. after everyone found other places to stay. The Red Cross will be back in the area Saturday morning, handing out cleaning supplies.
The Carroll County commissioners signed an emergency declaration Friday afternoon.
Emergency management officials said about two dozen roads remain closed. They remind drivers to find a different route and do not attempt to drive through the water.
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