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Hancock County rescues drivers overnight

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GREENFIELD -

Flooded out houses and mobile homes and flood trapped cars were the scene across Hancock County Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Sunday night, cars were still in high water just northeast of the airport on 600 North at 400 West.

"I hit some water and run off the road," says a caller to Hancock County's 911 dispatcher.

The County handled at least a half dozen trapped driver calls overnight and Sunday morning.

"I finally got out of the car and I am standing next to it. Afraid the current will wash me away," says the driver whose car was swept off County Road 500 South outside Greenfield.

Dispatcher Lacy Ogden knew that wasn't where he needed to be, outside the car in the water. She tells him "safest place for you is on top of the vehicle. If it should slip I don't want it to smash you, OK."

He got on the car roof then was rescued.

Eyewitness News found Steve Hendricks wading through water at his Maple's Mobile Home Park near Riley Park in Greenfield.

"Started last night about eight then rose very quickly last night," he says, of water swamping the northern part of the park.

"Police came around two times last night and told everyone in this side they need to evacuate. About a dozen stayed at a motel. Thirty to forty people left their homes for dry ground. A lot of them were taking their Christmas stuff with them," says resident Tom Hood.

Homeowner Jim Scott was cleaning out and throwing out waterlogged things from his home Sunday.

He pointed to the high watermark on the back of a display cabinet in his lower level. He had three feet of water in downtown Greenfield.

"My heater, my furnace," he says. He tried to keep the water out with a pump and sandbags but no use. Scott says "I lost the battle. Just started unplugging everything. Shutting everything off. Wait it out. That's all you can do."

Viewer photos show State Road 9 north of U.S. 40, swamped. The rapid current swept cars off the road, one off 4th Street. The driver had to be rescued with a rope.

On 4th Street Sunday, neighbors exchanged war stories and cleaned up - flood victims in the same boat.

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