Bartholomew County officials say they don’t expect rain predicted over the next 24 hours to bring the White River back to flood stage. After rainfall last weekend, Columbus saw the east fork of the White River crest at 11. feet, more than two feet above flood level.
County Emergency Management Director Dennis Moats said National Weather Service reports show little possibility for the river to reach last weekend’s highs.
“[National Weather Service reports] are still showing that even with that anticipation of rain, they are showing [water levels] still below flood,” Moats said. “So I really think we will be in pretty good shape.”
Columbus Regional Hospital Public Relations and Marketing Specialist Paige Harden said adding a temporary flood wall and filling in the loading dock, which acted like water funnel during 2008’s floods, has relieved stress for both patients and employees.
“We’ve taken those steps that we needed to and we feel protected in such a way that it doesn’t scare us,” Haden said. “You know, we aren’t constantly thinking ‘oh gosh what’s going to happen.”
In 2008, high water forced Columbus Regional to evacuate almost one hundred patients after its basement flooded.