TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown has announced a “major evacuation” on Barton Beach Road due to an ice jam on Wildcat Creek.
News 18′s Holly Campbell said four homes are currently flooded and 20 people have already been evacuated. Residents say the flooding started around 1:00 A.M. this morning.
Tippecanoe County EMA Director, Smokey Anderson, said they believe ice is causing the water to flow right through the area. He said this area does tend to flood, but it is rare to see the actual current running straight through the homes.
Area resident, David Johnson said “We were rescued by the sheriff’s department and they came down in the hovercraft boat and rescued us from the house. They had to literally carry us from the house, because the water was four feet deep at the back door. We’ve lived out here for about 30 years and I’ve seen three floods and nothing ever as bad as this. It’s unbelievable.”
Anderson said all those evacuated were able to stay with friends or family until they are able to get back into their homes. He said DNR, Lafayette Fire Department and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in the rescues.
Anderson said they are continuing to monitor the river. He said there is not much that can be done due to not knowing the exact point where the jam is located.