Tippecanoe River water level drops

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As of this afternoon, water levels have dropped significantly. Judging from the tree lines and the sides of homes it is easy to see the water is going down.
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Mike Gaylor

Lafayette, IN

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Mar 12, 2009
 
FLOODING ON THE TIPPECANOE RIVER

How many times are the Dam Operators for Oakdale & Norway going to let Lake Freeman and The Tippecanoe River get way above flood stage. This can be prevented ……. just like it has been prevented the last 40 years; until 2008. This is the third time in a year, enough is enough.

Always before when the Dam Operators heard about a weather forecast in the winter months of a large amount of rain or even melting snow and ice; they started letting out more water and brought the lake levels down to compensate for some of the extra water, on the way. Anticipation and Foresight !

But today, they are expecting automation to control the levels of the lakes; which is all well and good in the summer months and under normal conditions. BUT IN THE WINTER, WHEN THE GROUND IS SATURATED AND FROZE; ANY LARGE AMOUNTS OF RAIN CAN NOT BE HANDLED BY THE DAMS WITHOUT UNCONTROLLED FLOODING. THE DAMS HAVE TO GET AN EARLY START ON THE EXPECTED WEATHER AND DROP THE LAKE LEVELS 2 TO 3 FEET IN ANTICIPATION OF THE RAINS OR EVEN THE NORMAL MELTOFF THAT WE WILL GET.
Ed McKinley

Chicago, IL

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Mar 12, 2009
 
Dave McDowell needs to catch onto the reality of global warming. Temperatures are rising and rainfall is becoming more erratic. That's why we're getting all these floods.

And here's a message for NIPSCO. You say the lakes can't hold enough water to control flooding. Maybe. But how about trying? Why not lower the lake levels significantly in late winter?

Lisa

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Mar 12, 2009
 
I agree. NIPSCO is part of the . We've only been on the river for seven years, but it's never been this bad. We've been told that the Army Corp of Engineers handled it properly and the problem has been since it's been controlled by NIPSCO.
San

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Mar 12, 2009
 
In addition, if summer dwellers pull out of the area because of the flooding, it will have a devastating economic impact on Monticello. If there it is proven true that NIPSCO is negligent, I'm thinking class action!
clayton rice

Monticello, IN

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Mar 12, 2009
 
I have lived here for twenty five years and never had this problem before 2008.We have never ben wet until NIPSCO took over thay need to git off there high horse and go take some sericous training. from the army cor of engineers THAY KNOW WHAT thay are doing with the damns. proof is in the puudding.
Iam redoing my house FORE THE (THIRD TIME) THANK YOU very much NIPSCO
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sandra spalding

Monticello, IN

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Mar 12, 2009
 
I been on the river fof three years. I alaways love the fiver thats way im here.But theres a problem with the control with the dam.Before NIPSCO took over.No one had a problem with flooding.Not like we have had since JANURAY 2008.People had done there houses three differnt times. something got to give.NIPSCO needs to put people in there to control the dam and the control if the water. The AUTOMATIVE SYSTME IS NOT WORKING.KNOW where is everone suppose to to get HELP.
TLH

Indianapolis, IN

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Mar 13, 2009
 
My prayers are for all of you!

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