Homeland Security update - Tuesday

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During the evening of June 6th and into the morning of June 7th, 2008 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.


Elnora - Levee is holding at this time

Worthington - Town only accessible from the north.

Hymera - Will be out of water for up to 7 days.

Seymour - water has crested and is beginning to fall

Hydrology report for Gibson County (Hazelton area) levee at that location is currently 18.8 feet and is projected to be 28 feet, which will be considered a major flood. Still rising, and projected to crest Friday morning. In response to this attention will shift to the Hazelton area. 

Assessments and monitoring of the levees and the flood waters will determine if further movement is needed to observe location south on the West Fork of the White River.

  • Edwardsport - holding steady, cresting at 29.45 ft (flood stage is 15 feet) as of 0800
  • Shelbyville - water level at 10.8 ft (flood stage is 11ft). Low level flooding in Sunset Park. Sandbagging around Flat Rock Post Office.


Major Flooding in:

East Fork White
Muscatatuck River
Wabash River
White River


Monroe Reservoir holds steady at 74% full.

Cecil M. Harden Reservoir holds steady at 78% full.


  • Department of Natural Resources:
  • Mark Stroud, 44, of Coatesville, has been identified as the drowning victim recovered Monday morning by Indiana conservation officers in Mill Creek in Morgan County.
  • DNR engineers have inspected two dams in Brown County and one in Owen County. Division of Fish & Wildlife personnel were delivering pumps to Owen, Putnam and Clay counties for lake drainage relief.
  • DNR conservation officers were working in Greene, Knox, Daviess, Lawrence, Morgan and Pike counties on Monday. Conservation officers from District 7 in southwest Indiana were assessing water levels and levees in Daviess, Knox and Pike counties.
  • Conservation officers from District 5 delivered baby formula and medication to separate homes in the Worthington area in Greene County. They also helped evacuate several individuals near Worthington.
  • Indiana State Police:
  • Sullivan County:

SR 154 going to Illinois still closed.

  • Jackson County

SR 235 in and around Medora still closed

SR 258 from Cortland to Seymour still closed

  • Bartholomew County

SR 11 from Garden City to Little Acres closed

SR 9 3 ½ miles north of intersection of SR 9 and SR 46 closed

  • Indiana Department of Transportation

Updated information will be forthcoming

  • State Department of Health

The Indiana State Department of Health continues to work with local health departments to ensure sufficient supply of tetanus vaccine is available for individuals in flooded areas who need a tetanus shot.

  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management

1. Drinking water utilities: IDEM is receiving information that several local utilities have issued boil water orders. Communities in affected areas should contact their local Emergency Management Agency to request water, as appropriate.

2. Wastewater treatment plants and sewers; Outages and disruptions are expected due to flooding, and IDEM is receiving reports of problems in impacted areas. IDEM advises residents that flood water, in general, is considered to be contaminated, and residents should avoid contact, avoid ingestion, and wash hands thoroughly after coming in contact with flood water.

3. Spill incidents: IDEM on-scene coordinators are responding to spill incidents including (1) release in Nashville, (1) release in Terre Haute, and numerous tank and service station spills in the Martinsville area. Numerous incidents have been reported, including a report from Franklin about a sheen around its flooded courthouse.

4. Livestock operations: IDEM, with the assistance of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, is in the process of assessing conditions at manure lagoons around the state.


  • Agriculture - IBOAH and ISDA

In an effort to provide assistance for Hoosier farmers, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture is working with USDA officials to get additional information to farmers within the next 24 hours. If farmers have livestock losses (deaths), they should go to the Indiana Board of Animal Health website at www.in.gov/boah or call 317-227-0300 for proper methods to dispose of dead livestock. If farmers have manure, pesticides or other farm chemicals that have spilled due to flooding, they should contact the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's Spill Hotline at 317-233-7745 or 1-888-233-7745.

  • Indiana National Guard

Currently engaged in sandbagging operations at the Duke Energy Plant in Evansport.

The Adjutant General, R. Martin Umbarger is flying with the Governor to perform aerial reconnaissance.

Sandbagging operations underway at a levee in Greene County.

The Indiana National Guard is continuing to make and palletize sandbags for transportation to southwestern Indiana at the guidance and direction of the Department of Homeland Security and the county emergency management director.

Local Disaster Declaration - Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Owen, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Union, Vermillion, Vigo, and Wayne.

Health, Safety & Security

  • 4 fatalities: 2 in Morgan and 2 in Bartholomew counties.

Shelter Operations:

Total Shelter Population: 273 (Down from 1,230)

Bartholomew County - Northside Middle School, 1400 27th St, Columbus, IN 47201

Owen County - Spencer Elementary, 151 E Hillside Ave, Spencer, IN 47460

Vigo County - North High School, 3434 Maple Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47804

Clay County - Eastside Elementary, 936 East National Ave., Brazil, IN 47834

Vermillion County - Hillcrest Community Center, 503 N. 8th St., Clinton, Indiana 47842

Greene County - Lyons Community Center, 600 W. Broad St, Lyons Indiana 47443

Johnson County - Community Church of Greenwood, 1477 W Main St, Greenwood, IN

Morgan County - Martinsville High School, 1360 E Gray St, Martinsville, IN 46151

Brown County - Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow Street, Nashville, Indiana 47448

Shelby County - Salvation Army Shelter, 136 E. Washington, Shelbyville, IN

Critical Infrastructure and Facilities

Status of Utilities:


Outages reported in Johnson, Morgan, Jackson, Decatur, Bartholomew, Vigo and Owen

County. Approximately 3,500 customers affected. Water

Boil Orders-

Shelby and Johnson County residents that are serviced by IN American Water do not need to boil water

Town of Jasonville

Cordry/Sweetwater Lake Communities-Johnson County

Although service has been restored to nearly all 1500 customers, water users are still advised to boil water for three minutes prior to consumption, pending lab analysis. IW Customers south of SR 37 and Waverly Road, and north of SR 252/Old Morgantown Road are included in this precautionary boil alert.

Water System Failures

Waverly (Morgan)

Town of Jasonville (Greene) - Water main break, boil order

Cordry / Sweetwater Lake (Johnson) - Boil order

Gosport (Owen)

Freedom (Owen)

Hymera (Sullivan County)

Vigo County - Widespread well contamination


Wastewater treatment plant at Switz City (Greene County) shut down due to flooding.


15,600 customers without power

Gibson Power Plant (Gibson County) prepared for flooding on Wabash. Levee system

and pumping equipment in place. Does not anticipate service interruptions due to


Road Closures

Flood Control

Reported Levee Breaches

Lyons-Marco Levee (Greene County)

Summary of State Agency Response Operations

Total Number of State Personnel Deployed

Indiana Public Safety Commission - 1

Indiana Department of Environmental Management - 4

Indiana Department of Transportation - 110

Indiana Department of Administration - 2

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission - 1

Indiana State Police - 25

Department of Natural Resources - 40

Indiana National Guard - 1154+

Board of Animal Health - 2

Indiana State Department of Health - 10

Indiana Department of Homeland Security - 38

Indiana Department of Corrections - 62