PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Homeowners along the Wabash river tried to stop severe flooding from damaging their homes Saturday night.
The Wabash River was expected to crest around 31 feet just after midnight.
Jay Norris hasn't seen the creek this high since 2005.
"We have a picture in the club taken from the bridge where it was up to the top of this concrete wall. The thing that saved us then was the two levees down south in terre haute that broke through, making it not come higher then," said Norris.
Saturday night, the river was slowly rising in Montezuma.
Home owners living along the Wabash were worried about the swiftly rising water.
"Hopefully, we don't lose our house. The next step would be to have to find a new home," said Tonia Delks, homeowner.
The community showed up in a big way Saturday night to start sandbagging and preparing for the worst.
"Yesterday at 10 :00, we started sandbagging, and it looked pretty stable," said Norris.
Residents weren't worried about the situation growing worse.
But Sunday morning, they awoke to find their basements overflowing.
"The river kept coming up. Around 3:00 this morning, we put sump pumps in the basement, started moving water out, keeping it as low as possible," said Norris.
Some homeowners are afraid the river will rise even higher, kicking them out of their homes.
"It's a very scary feeling. I just hope for the best. Prayer...and just hope for the best," said Delks.
But others continue preparing, making themselves ready for whatever the river brings.
'"We're not going to stop it. Not a whole lot we can do from here on, just what we've done so far," said Norris.
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