Residents brace for Ohio River flooding

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VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind (WEHT) – Heavy rain across the Tri-State is flooding some roads and forcing some people out of their homes.

Eyewitness News spoke with some people who are searching for higher ground and say they are tired of dealing with this soggy winter.

While most of us are in the clear from high waters, others who live along the Ohio River bank are preparing for floodwaters before it’s too late.

“I would say it’s a major headache. It’s really become unbearable,” says resident Bill Martin.

The Vanderburgh County highway department has already closed several roads due to flooding including Old Henderson Road.

With the heavy rain, some people have already begun moving to higher ground as the water inches closer to their homes.

Martin says he’s lived here for 40 years but the flooding seems to become more frequent.

“We just hope it doesn’t happen and then when it happens you just have to get everything out and deal with it. ”

The water will be in the lower level here by Sunday so we’ll have to get stuff out we’ll be out here Saturday getting all that done,” says resident Bill Wigind.

Wingind says they’re not just worried about the frequent flooding and damage it could cause, they’re also worried about looters.

People come in, shady people come in with jon boats and they’ll break into your place and try to steal stuff if they can, TVs whatever.

Although Wingind says he’s used to the frequent floods, others say at this point they’ve had enough.

“It gets up in the back porch area and you play in it and just have a ball but I don’t know its always been worth it to me but now I don’t know. I don’t think i’m going to get used to it. In fact, I think I’m going to move,” says Martin.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 12, 2020)

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