Volunteers work to assess Huntington flood damage

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) – Roads were reopened and people returned to their homes after an ice jam caused flooding in Huntington on Friday morning.

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According to Lindsie Goss, Emergency Management Director of Huntington County, crews cleared up the jam on Saturday after firefighters used a large hose to break up the remaining ice. Since then, rivers have returned to normal or near normal levels.

State Street was one of the streets that had the most damage because it runs parallel with the Little River. People who have lived in the area for decades said they haven’t seen flood waters as high as they were Friday.

Keith Tobin’s wife runs a daycare out of their home on State Street and said the flood water rose from the river bank across the street in just a half an hour.

“At 10:49 A.M., she said the water was coming in the back door, and by the time I got here from the hospital at 10:55 A.M., the water was already across the street,” Tobin said.

Tobin said the water was waist-deep in his basement Saturday afternoon.

“It busted my windows out in my basement, so the water was coming in faster than I could ever pump it out,” Tobin said.

According to Goss, volunteers assessed the damaged all weekend and are continuing to do so Monday. Goss said most of the damage is considered to be minor, although one home had holes in the foundation due to the flooding.

The American Red Cross of Adams and Huntington County helped the flooding victims all weekend. Displaced families were allowed to spend the night at the Salvation Army Friday night, and by Saturday, the Red Cross had put some families into hotels and distributed food and clothing to the families staying with their friends and family.

Goss said she’s working with the mayor and fire chief on Monday to figure out additional assistance for residents who were affected by the flooding.

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