Monday, June 9, 2008

Rough Weekend for NWI -- Tornadoes & Flooding, Oh My!

Northwest Indiana and the entire state in general got hit pretty hard this weekend by tornadoes and flooding. I (Dan) am a member of the National Guard and my unit was asking for volunteers to help clean up Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana. Apparently the damage just south of Indianapolis is pretty bad. My brother lives in Indy and he said that many homes are flooded and several major roads and highways are closed.

The NWI Times reports:

"The National Weather Service said the system could drop from 1 to 3 inches of rain Monday.

Gov. Mitch Daniels' spokeswoman said Daniels already has given 23 of Indiana's 92 counties disaster declarations.

As much as 11 inches of rain swamped the state Saturday, flooding homes, threatening dams and closing several roads and highways. The flooding killed at least one person, a man who drowned in his vehicle in Bartholomew County about 50 miles south of Indianapolis."

UPDATE: I heard from an officer in the National Guard that we are accomplishing two primary missions throughout the state, which has now been declared a federal emergency (so that we receive federal funds for the problem): 1) The National Guard is operating checkpoints to keep people from going onto closed roads due to flooding. 2) The Guard is using filling sandbags and using them to curb and redirect flood waters, and performing general cleanup.

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