Street floods 2 days after the rain stops. Where is the water coming from?

Homeowners say the water didn't rise on Riverview Drive until a day after the rain stopped. (WTHR photo/Mary Milz)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A neighborhood on the city's north side is still dealing with street flooding, two days after the torrential downpour.

The 6400 block of Riverview Drive is closed due to high water, but homeowners say the water didn't start coming up until a good 24 hours after the rain stopped.

The rising water spilled into yards, blocking off driveways of roughly a dozen homes (though most have alley access).

Megan Wright was one of the many drivers caught off guard while driving down Riverview and forced to turn around.

Wright said, "This is the first time I've seen this and I've lived here 23 years."

Anna Carey and others along Riverview Drive live in a flood plain across from a levee. It was built to protect homes on the north side from a catastrophic flood of the White River.

"At first we thought the levee had breached or something," she said.

Video from Drone Cam 13 showed the river definitely running high, but still well below the levee. While the Department of Public Works and Citizens Energy weren't initially sure what caused the high water, Carey had her suspicions.

"They stopped cleaning drains in the street a while back, at least we haven't seen any street sweepers," Carey said. "I think that may come into play."

Dan Considine, a spokesperson for Citizens, later told us it appears the flooding was caused by a "clogged storm sewer."

He said the first priority was to pump the water out of the street. Crews returned to the area in the late afternoon to begin doing just that.

Dan Stovall, who's lived in the neighborhood since 1996, said the street seems to flood every ten years or so and each time he hears a different reason as to why.

He said he just hopes the water goes down and the rain holds off until they get the problem fixed, as water had begun seeping into his basement.

Stovall said it's not time to panic yet, but if flooding doesn't slow soon, it will be time to worry.

Considine said once crews take care of the high water, they'll focus on clearing out the clogged storm sewer.