People along the Tippecanoe River are bracing for some of the worst
flooding they've ever seen. Dozens of homes are already underwater; some for
the third time in just over a year.
The National Weather Service says the river in Winamac is rising higher than
they expected because of all the rain we saw Tuesday night.
Wednesday evening the river was 3.5 feet above flood stage. Some of the
buildings in the city park are completely underwater, and it's still expected
to rise another two feet by Saturday.
It could break a record for the worst flooding the area has ever seen.
For now, Anthony Burton can still wade into his house near Winamac on the
"Yesterday at this time the river was on the other side of the house," he told
By Saturday, he'll have to canoe.
"At 15.4 @1/8feet@3/8 the water's going to be on this side over here," he said.
The river is expected to crest at a record 15.4 feet ? nearly 5.5 feet above
"I just hope it doesn't get any higher than that," he said.
So does Robert Richardson. His father and brother live on the other side.
"You can't get to it unless you go by boat or kayak," he said.
All down the Tippecanoe, dozens of homes are underwater and for each one of
them, it's all too familiar.
"We didn't think it would get this high again," Richardson said.
Just last year, the same river flooded twice, and nearly as bad.
Richardson lost his home, and after a year of red tape, he's still in
temporary housing waiting to rebuild.
"We're hoping by June, maybe by June," he said, "but the house will be above
flood level which is 8 feet."
It's a tough lesson from Mother Nature; but one no one around here will forget
"Thirty years we've been down here and it's never gotten this bad," Richardson
said. "So it's terrible."
The flood stage is 10 feet and by Wednesday evening the river was already at
13.5 feet. The National Weather Service expects it to crest at 15.5 feet by
If you are stranded, call your local police or fire department. They've
already rescued several people by boat since Tuesday night.