TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - When you're a homeowner and you pay taxes, the one thing you expect is to receive the government services you're paying for. One Wabash Valley neighborhood finds itself in that position anytime the area receives heavy rain.
It's Marywood Subdivision near 7th and Springhill. A car was stranded in the middle of the street in two feet of water. For these residents, standing water is a far too common of a problem here.
"We're worried about losing everything that we possibly have, and for those of us who were here in 2008, that's the reality," said Carla Schoelkopf, a resident.
Schoelkopf says her subdivision and its roads were not incorporated into the county, and the developer is no longer in business. So no one's on the hook to get this water out of here.
They pass around a petition for neighbors to sign, but most of them are renters.
"People don't want to sign it because they're afraid their taxes are going to go up," said Schoelkopf.
That's not the case, but keep in mind these people must carry expensive flood insurance for their homes.
Vigo County Emergency Management says this part of the county received about five inches of rain in an hour. Schoelkopf says water in the area drained better this time around, and the EMA agrees.
"There's definitely evidence that the cleanups that were done the additional work on Thompson Ditch, the cleanouts of some of the creek beds that did take place really helped alleviate some of this drainage problem," said J.D. Kesler, Deputy Director of the Vigo County EMA.
There's more good news for this neighborhood. McDonald Towing got the car out of the standing water. Getting the water out of here won't happen as quickly.
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