WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - About four feet of water filled Bill Austin's back yard in Buffalo. He said he is used to it, but he admits a flood in the winter of 2008 was a different story.
"Of course the big flood we had was a little different," Austin said. "The house was flooded about waist deep."
"In '08 the difference is we had close to 6 inches of rain," White County Commissioner Steve Barton said. "The rain event happened at night, the ground was frozen, and there was a lot of run off. Whereas this week we had 5 1/2 inches in four or five days."
It was what Austin did after the 2008 flood that is saving his house now. According to White County building codes and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations Austin had to raise his house.
It was just one of several homes.
"FEMA said if the house flooded twice within a certain period of time, and it was substantially damaged you have to raise it," Austin said.
Austin said he is glad he chose to raise his home. He said he has not had any flooding problems since.
However, he added, even with the $15,000 FEMA gave him for the project, it is an investment. Austin paid the rest of the $82,000. But payments didn't stop there.
"Of course our flood insurance rates went up from $400 or $500 a year to about $2,000," Austin said.
Barton said many people decide to raise their homes after flooding events. He said some residents on the water find it a good investment so they can be where they want to be.
"There are a lot of homes here," Barton said. "A lot of people come to this area. It's important to our economy. We try to work with the people and the water."
Barton said he has not received word any homes will need to be raised after this flood.
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