The small town of Shoals has been especially hard hit by rising flood waters. Several homes are currently submerged, and more rain in the forecast could bring flood waters even higher as the week progresses.
Local resident Jason Campbell’s home is currently surrounded by, though not yet submerged in water. If the flood enters his home, he has plans to evacuate his family.
“We’re either going to go to the shelter,” he says, “or we’ve got a friend in Loogoottee we can stay with.”
The United Methodist Church in Loogoottee is a Red Cross shelter for residents to go if needed. The church is located on Main Street.
There is also extensive flooding in French Lick/West Baden, but officials there say they were prepared for the water, and no significant property damage has been reported. According to Director of Marketing for the French Lick Resort Douglas May, the West Baden Springs Resort is open for business, and no water has reached the hotel.
“The water started rising on Saturday,” he says, “continued to rise, and probably will continue to rise, but in the valley, this is a normal occurrence. They are very accustomed to it. The hotels have been operational and continue to be so.”
Getting to the area could be a problem though, as many roads are closed throughout South Central Indiana, making travel difficult.