Some Indiana residents left stranded by flood waters


Central Indiana residents are dealing with disaster just a few days before Christmas. Many homes are surrounded by water from the weekend flooding, while hundreds of other people are trying to dry out after inches of rain soaked their carpets and furniture.

The problem is obvious along Highway 31 in Johnson County just north of Edinburgh. A car stranded in the flood waters makes the point. While the car is unoccupied, someone is living in the house. Michael King was prepared to stick it out.

"It's hard to say. It might be three or four days. It depends on how fast it goes down," he said. But King said he did have enough food to last a few days.

The drainage ditch that wiped out King's driveway ultimately leads to Sugar Creek. Four families including the Kings are at its mercy.

"I kept seeing cars turning around and going the other way. I could see the headlights reflecting off the water. I knew then they had 31 shutdown. I could see the water going across the driveway but I didn't know how bad it was until daylight," he said. "I didn't think it would get this bad. I thought it would be a foot or so above the driveway but nothing like this. It's probably four or five feet right now."

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