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Central Indiana faces wet, not white, Christmas

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Flood waters closed part of Fall Creek Parkway Monday. Flood waters closed part of Fall Creek Parkway Monday.
Ravenswood resident Suzie Stamm says she's used to flooding in her neighborhood - but not at Christmastime. Ravenswood resident Suzie Stamm says she's used to flooding in her neighborhood - but not at Christmastime.
Preparing for the worst Preparing for the worst
INDIANAPOLIS -

Residents who live near the White River and Hallon Creek in Ravenswood got an early Christmas present from the city.

People spent Monday grabbing sand bags and putting them around their homes in case the White River floods.

"That's life in Ravenswood," said Suzie Stamm. She's lived there 40 years, so she is used to the ebb and flow of the river.

"If there's an abundance of rain and absolutely we are prone to flooding," said Stamm.

She's never worried about flooding on Christmas Eve, though. 

"We much would prefer the snow and having a white Christmas and not this flooding or wet Christmas," said Stamm.

Stamm said she hopes the White River reaches its highest point sooner rather than later.

"Pray to God it's earlier in the day and not too late, so the folks can enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day," Stamm.

The folks in Ravenswood weren't the only ones watching and waiting for the area rivers and creeks to crest and then go down.

 "This is it. This is what we get until the creek goes down," said Gary English with United Water as he pointed to a flooded Fall Creek Road at 35th street, just under the Monon Overpass.

"It has nowhere to go, nowhere to drain to until the creek goes down," said English of the water caused by a higher than normal Fall Creek.

"If we vacuumed it up, we would just start pulling from the creek and we can't vacuum the creek.  You know, it would take us years," said English.

Instead, the city put up barriers to block the flooded road and warned drivers not to come through until the water disappears. 

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