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 Henry and 22 Other Counties Declared Disasters

June 11, 2008 - During the evening of June 6 and into the morning of June 7 multiple lines of strong thunderstorms moved through the State of Indiana. Some areas in central Indiana received up to 10 inches rain. This, coupled with already saturated ground, resulted in dangerous flash flood conditions. To coordinate statewide response operations, the State Emergency Operations Center activated at a Level 2 with full State Emergency Support Function activation. A line of severe weather continues moving through the state.

As of Sunday, Gov. Mitch Daniels had declared 23 counties, including Henry and Rush counties, as disasters. Water search and rescue operations have been underway starting early Saturday morning. Rescue teams for Marion and Hendricks Counties along with members of Indiana Task Force One deployed to Morgan County to assist with flood response operations. Indiana National Guard, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard air resources have also been deployed for search, rescue and damage assessment operations. Evacuations have been ongoing throughout the day Saturday in areas of central and southern Indiana. Large scale evacuations took place in Morgan, Johnson and Monroe Counties.

In Bartholomew County, the Columbus Hospital has evacuated more than 100 patients to other health care facilities due to rising flood waters. Many roads in and out of Columbus are closed. The dam at Prince’s Lake in Johnson County was overtopped and failed early this afternoon. Levee failures were reported in Vigo, Clay and Greene Counties. Numerous roads across the State were closed due to high water, including I-65 and I-70. The State Emergency Operations Center will remain activated. at a Level 2, with full Emergency Support Function activation through the night to support flood response operations.

 

• Department of Natural Resources – Nearly 50 conservation officers were deployed in emergency response efforts in conjunction with local fire and police in Bartholomew, Brown, Clay, Johnson, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen and Vigo counties. At least six DNR properties sustained damage in the storms with Shakamak and Turkey Run state parks both closed as a result. Conservation officers also assisted in evacuation efforts at Columbus hospital.

• Indiana State Police – 40 officers assisted in the Columbus hospital evacuation

• State Department of Health – State health officials are recommending that people in flooded areas with septic systems or wells that are under floodwaters should use bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, cooking, or bathing.

• Indiana National Guard – The Indiana Army National Guard currently has 100 soldiers being deployed to Terre Haute, Vigo County area. An additional 100 soldiers are being deployed to Martinsville Indiana along with an additional number of military vehicles to be used for rescue operations. 25 Soldiers are currently in route to Franklin, Indiana. These soldiers will be assisting with sandbagging, barricade, and rescue operations.

 

Camp Atterbury is open again after being closed for flooding. National Guard and Marine personnel are on duty for assistance in the local areas as needed. National Guard Soldiers have been activated in support of state emergency operations. Water from the Prince’s Lakes area is currently flowing on the Southern part of CAJMTC and we are monitoring the dam status in that area to insure the safety of personnel on that military installation.

Martinsville, Greencastle, Brazil, Terre Haute, Bloomington and Danville armories have been activated to support local response operations. These armories are open and prepared to support the local communities with shelter and assistance, 3 5ton vehicles and 3 HMMVs are available at each armory for operational support. The Spencer armory has been turned over to the city and is no longer INARNG control.

A total of 23 counties were declared disaster areas by Gov. Daniels. Counties included Bartholomew, Brown, Clay, Daviess, Decatur, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Union, Vermillion, Vigo and Wayne.

 

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