Indiana Flooding Inundates Campground
Floodwaters forced the evacuation of seven campers from an unnamed campground near the north central Indiana community of Monticello on Tuesday (Jan. 8), according to CBS News, Chicago.
A state of emergency has been declared in four Hoosier counties. One of the towns hit the hardest is Monticello, a popular vacation destination located north of Lafayette.
Firefighters said 6 inches of rain turned into at least 6 feet of water in just a couple of hours. More than a foot of snow fell in the area last week, but it all had melted before the rains arrived.
The rising water from the Tippecanoe River threatened people staying at the campground where the campers were moved to safety.
"I've got 73 seasonal sites in here and probably about 65 of them are a total loss," said campground owner Harold Myers.
Portions of nearby Interstate 65 were closed due to the flooding.
The high water claimed the lives of two small children on Tuesday after a sport utility vehicle stalled in the floodwaters about 20 miles northeast of Monticello and carried away the vehicle containing a woman and her five children. She was able to get three of the children out of the car, but the 2- and 5-year-old children drowned.
Flooding is so severe that emergency officials called for voluntary evacuations in at least four nearby towns