Flooding prompts increase in emergency management staff

(WANE) Staffing at the state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is increasing to assist safety officials throughout Indiana with flooding issues.

The state’s EOC will be staffed by members of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Department of Corrections, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana State Police and the American Red Cross.

“The safety of Hoosiers is of the highest priority to our administration,” Governor Mike Pence said in a statement. “The State will remain vigilant of this situation and is prepared to assist victims of flooding that may occur in the coming days.”

The state is expected to see an additional half-inch of rain on Thursday.

The additional staff members will assist the Emergency Operations Center manager and IDHS watch officers with situational awareness, and coordinate with local public safety professionals, including emergency management, emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. EOC personnel also will assist with coordination of assets for road safety, sand bag operations, water rescues and sheltering needs.

The National Weather Service has issued several flood warnings for portions of rivers in northern and western Indiana, including the East Fork White River, Eel River, Little River, Mississinewa River, Salamonie River, St. Marys River, Tippecanoe River, Wabash River, White River, and Wildcat Creek.

Anyone in need of assistance is instructed to call their county’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA).  Click here for links to the specific phone number for each county’s EMA.

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