Lake County floods prompt evacuations

Lake County floods prompt evacuations

There are 8 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Aug 25, 2007, titled Lake County floods prompt evacuations. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Authorities moved patients from a Northwest Indiana hospital on Friday as water from a flooded creek began seeping into the building after storms hit the area the night before.

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Butch

Des Plaines, IL

#1 Aug 25, 2007
looking for advice on the flooding in Indiana. I do not live in a flood plane and never had probs with flood until this past storm. Had no power and basement flooded. My insurance company says I am not covered. Wondering what i can do to get some help? Lost about everything in basement. It is finished with 3 bedrooms and a family room, just confused on what to do.
northwest indiana

Arlington, VA

#3 Aug 25, 2007
butch you need to contact your county emergency managment office.
Vanessa

Highland, IN

#4 Aug 25, 2007
I too, am looking for more information about flooding, and I live in Lake County, IN.

Here's what I know from having done some driving around the past few days:

Fortunately, I live out of the flood zone, but practically on top of where I-94 has been closed for a few days. The I-94 underpass on Indianapolis BLVD (41) is currently closed, as are parts of Kennedy Ave. Some neighborhoods in southern Hammond are closed, but you can cut through that area using 165th street, which is still passable. This is particularly useful if you want to get to the Hammond South Shore station... these days we avoid the East Chicago Station, thanks to the terrible traffic conditions to get there, as well as some flooding.

Last I saw, the bridge over the river on Homan, while not flooded out, the water is level with the top of the underside of the bridge. This does NOT inspire confidence for crossing it, but I may be being paranoid here.

Traffic: The past few days have been exciting to say the least. Traffic from I-94 has been re-routed to 20, for the time being. For a while they were using Indianapolis Blvd, which made traffic bumper to bumper for most of it. They have since about 10 am today, re-routed traffic to Calumet, which is better designed for heavy traffic. I think they used Indianapolis BLVD first, because it looks bigger on Google Maps. Calumet is actually larger, having 3 lanes both ways, and consistently large left turn lanes.

Traffic on Ridge Road (6) is also bumper to bumper, even during down times, thanks to so many street closures. This seems to go on for miles in both directions from where Ridge meets Indianapolis. Also, Calumet to 20, and Cline to 20 are both clogged rather extensively thanks to re-routed traffic from I-94. Look for slow trucks, and many irate drivers.

Trains: last I checked, the trains on the South Shore Line are running slower thanks to the flooding. I don't know why, but expect to be 45 minutes late, as well as 15 minute boarding delays from posted times.

Here's what I've heard, and googled:

1. The Hobart police department will have to close if it rains any more. Downtown Hobart is flooded out, thanks to Lake George. Main street is right over it, and I can't imagine that things are good there.

2. I 30 is closed in many places, being completely flooded out in areas. It is closed where it meets Indianapolis, from what I've heard.

3. One of the hospitals in Merrilville has been evacuated. I don't know which one... there seems to be little detailed information that I could find.

3. People are being evacuated in Merrilville, using boats! Also, a great many of the people who are missing power live here. I've seen numbers as high as 300,000 people without power (!).

Butch, I'm surprised you aren't effected!:-)

4. Lake County is considered a Disaster Area. We don't know if the Government will accept our pleas yet, but we will know by sometime next week.
Vanessa

Highland, IN

#5 Aug 25, 2007
OOPS, sorry butch!:O I misread your comment the first time around. I think the Red Cross is helping some people, and since we have been declared a Disaster Area, there will be some financial assistance. That's all I know at this time. Sorry, they wouldn't let me edit my previous post!
Samanthalvschris

Glen Ellyn, IL

#6 Aug 25, 2007
Calumet Ave is only two lanes going south and north not three
Judy

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Aug 26, 2007
my moms house is in that subdivion behind the hospital, and it has flooded 1x when i was a kid and i used to play in the water...kinda scary if u think about it...all the neighbors was evacuated from their homes...it was a pool out there as of thursday/friday...my daddy passed away in april.. if he would have seen this...he would say- god dam sonna of a bitch... and or dam,,,dam,,,miss u daddy...
Judy of Fowler Indiana

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Aug 26, 2007
i never got flooded here- thats why i moved here- lake county sucks!!! I have good schools, big beautifull home and where halloween and christmas looks as tho it came out of a norman rockwell painting... move south dangit...ps- i paid $27,000 for my 4-6 bedroom home-- i moved from sucky lake county to benton county...no middle fingers here givin...I been here 4 1/2 yrs.
Cathy

Horn Lake, MS

#9 Aug 26, 2007
Can any one tell me about the situation in Lake Station? I live north of Detroit now, but grew up on 29th ave just a couple blocks from Deep River. I read a short paragraph on line about it but that's it. Still have family back there throughout Lake County. I'm having trouble reaching them. Never flooded in the 16 years we lived in that house. My prayers are with everyone dealing with it.

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