Brook residents deal with nearly seven inches of rain in 24 hours

BROOK, Ind. (WLFI) – Several area counties have been dealing with flooding the past 24 hours. One of those is Newton County where the town of Brook has been with hit with nearly seven inches of rain since Monday night.

Brook resident Carl Ward and his wife just bought property south of town, near the Iroquois River. They know the property has a history of flooding. So Tuesday night, they decided to take the boat out to assess the damage.

“We’re building a new house out there and there’s a lot of flood stuff that you have to go through in order to be able to do that. We did all of that, but we want to get back farther along the river and see what all that’s about,” said Ward.

To do so, Ward launched his boat from the Iroquois Conservation Club of Brook, but not from a boat ramp. He launched his boat from the parking lot of the conservation club because with a reported 6.7 inches of rain, South Highway Street was flooded.

High water signs were a common sight in the small town. On Main Street, residents were pumping water from their yards into the road so it would get picked up by the town’s drainage system. At the Hazelden Country Club, the deluge covered some of the fairways, leaving the course abandoned.

“It’s, like, holy smoke! I looked at my rain gauge, and I thought it was two inches. But I went back and looked again, and last night it was five inches. And then during the night, we got more,” said Ward.

County officials advise drivers to find a different route any time they come across high water.

“We don’t want to drive through this, so we’re just going to take the boat and go for a scenic view,” said Ward.

Newton County Sheriff Tom VanVleet said Brook was definitely hit the hardest. He said deputies didn’t notice any major flooding problems in other parts of the county. He was not aware of any major road closures.

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