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Local Residents Transport Goods By Canoe Due To Flooding

The average rainfall for April in Indiana is around four and a half inches. But double that amount fell on many parts of the state last month.

After several days of rain, people in Monroe and Brown Counties are still feeling the effects. Bloomington resident Coy Timbrook has spent the last two days transporting supplies and other necessities to his family by canoe.

That’s because the water in Brummett’s Creek has risen so high it’s covering side streets off of highway 46.

“My father-in-law built our place in 1976 and in 1996 he canoed almost for four weeks and that was when Brummett’s Creek was lower,” said Timbrook.

Timbrook said he’s never seen the water this high. “Brummett’s Creek has actually been lifted, but I believe this is the first time the lifted area has flooded.”

Brown County Deputy Sheriff Gregory Pittman said this is worse than previous floods. “We have had a lot of problems with the roads being flooded with these heavy rains,” Pittman said. He also said trees have uprooted and fallen onto the power lines due to the continued rain.

The average rainfall for April in Indiana is around four and a half inches. But double that amount fell on many parts of the state last month. If recent days are any indication, May is also shaping up for more rainfall.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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