ROME CITY, Ind. (WANE) The rising water level at Waldrin Lake prompted voluntary evacuations of homes in the West Lake community of Rome City over the weekend. The flooding also caused a sealed sewer line in that same community to fail Saturday night, prompting Emergency Managers to open a shelter. When no one showed up, they decided to close that shelter Monday night, but left everything the way it was so it can be used again at a moments notice.
Director of Emergency Management in Noble County Michael Newton and Deputy Director Terresa Griffiths are currently assessing damage in communities around the lake. Many homes are built high enough off the ground that the flood waters have not come into their living space yet. So, until Saturday night, most residents were able to safely remain in their homes.
Due to the flooding, a sealed sewer line failed Saturday night, forcing more residents to evacuate. Employees of the West Lakes Regional Sewer District have been working around the clock since discovering the problem. First, they must assess all lines to make sure they are functioning properly. Then, once the water levels recede, they will be able to drain the lines of lake water and make repairs.
Officials want residents to know this was not caused from opening a local dam, but simply by the massive rainfall we’ve received this summer. They also want residents to know that this is still a voluntary evacuation, and they will be coming around to houses during their damage assessment process. Emergency Managers are working closely with other local and state officials as they assess the damage and file for state and national relief funds.