Flood clean up continues for people living along Tippecanoe River

Some people living along the Tippecanoe River in Carroll County said they are ready to move.

Posted: Mar 27, 2018 5:45 PM
Updated: Mar 28, 2018 9:07 AM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)— Several families are cleaning up damage from flooding last month, and as the rain continues to fall they can't help but think about what is to come in the next several days.

Last month, Governor Eric Holcomb declared a disaster emergency for 35 Indiana counties, Carroll County made that list.

People living along the river had to evacuate and some had to be rescued. Seth Mesaros said his family is working fast to fix damage to their home.


"We have fixed our plumbing, our sewage tank, our septic tank was backed up which we fixed and then right now we are dealing with foundation cracks which could end up being bad," said Mesaros. 

Willard Burdine has had enough and said he is considering leaving Carroll County. 

"In 2009 I put the drywall, stacked it in the living room because it did the same thing and messed up the drywall then now again right now we've had to rebuild the whole bottom of the house again," said Burdine. 

He thinks there may be a solution tied to how the dams operate.

"The river needs to be running a lot higher than what it is right now in anticipation of all this rain coming in and if the river would run higher we would not have this budding problem here," said Burdine. 

Burdine said if water had been released sooner, the last flood wouldn't have been so bad. Unfortunately, that is not something the dam is designed for.

Mesaros still doesn't like thinking about last month.

"It was a hard day for all of us, for families especially they come down here and look at their family or their grandparents coming out of the water in a DNR boat, it's really scary to think they could have been in that house when there was water coming in and they weren't awake," said Mesaros. 

John Lawson is repairing the same house for the third time.

"If you look around you'll see all the drywall is cut up all the way around the whole house," said Lawson. 

He said it is not as bad as it sounds this time around. 

"Really this is minor compared to what it has been, trust me," said Lawson. 

News 18 meteorologists predict some areas could see 2 to 3 inches of rainfall by Wednesday. 

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