Authorities in three southeastern Indiana counties have declared local disasters following flash flooding over the weekend that killed one woman and damaged numerous homes and roads.
Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials will now visit Ohio, Jefferson and Switzerland counties this week to assess the extent of flood damage, Anna Shay, a spokeswoman for the state agency, said.
Based on their findings, Gov. Eric Holcomb will decide whether to declare disasters to the states for counties and whether to seek funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Shea said.
Heavy rain hit counties Saturday night, turning normally small creeks into raging torrents after about eight inches of rain fell in a short period of time, officials said.
The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency said one woman died, two homes were destroyed, and more than 20 buildings were damaged by floodwaters around the rural community of Manville.
Jefferson County officials have closed indefinitely at least two flood-damaged bridges in an area about halfway between Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, while the state highway department closed the bridge at Indiana 250 in Switzerland County for repairs.
Tara Flint said the flooding forced her and her family to leave their home, forcing them to run up a hill in their backyard, where they watched the floodwaters take away their home, barn and other possessions.
“It was just surreal,” Flint told WXIX-TV.
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