Downed trees, high water wreak havoc for Hamilton County residents

A tree crashed into Rachel Butler's home Wednesday afternoon in Carmel. (WTHR/Emily Longnecker)
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CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) - A Carmel family was surprised by damage from Wednesday's storms.

"It all just seemed to happen really quickly," said Rachel Butler.

Butler and her family have had better days.

"We heard crashing and everything happened all at once," said Butler, speaking about the huge tree in her front yard on Cherry Street, that came up from the ground and landed on her roof.

When Wednesday afternoon's storm passed, Butler came out of the house and there it was.

"Next thing I know, there's a tree right there," she said, pointing to the roof.

The tree knocked out power.

"It sucks and we need someone out here to get that tree," said Butler.

Across central Indiana, heavy rains and high winds wreaked havoc. The roof of a home in Fishers in the Hunter's Run subdivision was struck by lightning.

Fishers fire crews say the family wasn't home at the time and pulled up to see their house on fire, but got inside in time to save the family pet.

Fire wasn't the only issue with which emergency crews dealt because of heavy rains and wind. Cars got stuck in high water all across Hamilton County.

"When they arrived, they found the car, sent crews to it, saw that it had been stuck there, doors open, but no victim, so immediately they went in to rescue mode," Carmel Fire Department's Public Information Officer Tim Griffin said.

Three men showed up later, telling emergency crews they'd been fishing in a pond when heavy rains trapped them. When they tried to get in their car and drive away, they couldn't get out.

"Once they opened the door, the water just come in," said Boci Zhu, who was with the men fishing.

The men swam out in waters that had flooded an area that's normally Meadow Lark Park.

"This is a park. This is not a body of water. There's a body of water behind that tree line. We've had really amazing amounts of rain lately," said Griffin, explaining that the water had no place to go, so places that don't normally flood, were flooding, causing dangerous conditions.