Houses submerged along Tippecanoe River

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - One of the numerous places hit hard this week with flooding is the Tippecanoe River near Camp Tecumseh.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2018 6:42 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - One of the numerous places hit hard this week with flooding is the Tippecanoe River near Camp Tecumseh.

With nearly five inches of rain fallen since Monday morning, some houses are under water and evacuations and rescues are now taking place.

Jeff Pitstick left his house for work Tuesday afternoon. Little did he know what would happen next.

"I got an emergency call last night at work and my wife said I better come home," said Pitstick. "By the time I got here and we got a few things packed up to leave it was already foot deep by the house."

They moved into the house in 2010. Two years after the so called 100 year flood took place. For it to happen just 10 years later was a shock.

"I hope it recedes sometime and goes down but right now just praying some stuff is salvageable."

Lisa Sharpe went to bed last night and didn't expect much of a problem.

"At about three or four this morning I could start to tell. It was dark so I couldn't see much but I could tell it was covered," said Sharp.

By the time she woke up in the morning it was too late. Luckily, the Department of Natural Resources was able to rescue her.

"I feel a whole lot better over here where I can put my feet on solid ground," explained Sharpe.

She wasn't the only one needing help. Conservation Officer Blaine Gillen says they've rescued dozens of people.

"We've got four boat crews out right now. Two just below Oakdale Dam, one at the Horsehoe Bend area and one in Tecumseh Bend area."

Despite the flooding Sharpe and Pitstick don't plan to move. They said they love it here and will rebuild.

So for now, they are counting their blessings.

"We got our cat out and we are safe. Everything in the house can be replaced but at least we got out," said Pitstick.

Both the river height and dam flow are still slightly lower than the 2008 flood, but the numbers are getting close to those records.

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