VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - Torrential rains last week in northern Indiana have communities in the south bracing for flooding.
With flood waters now spilling over Vigo county areas further down the Wabash River are putting their flood fighting plans into place.
Vincennes is fighting the flooding before the worst of the water hits town.
The Wabash River has already begun to swallow Kimmel Park in Vincennes.
The park is closed as the river rises and spills over toward the levee that protects the community.
Officials say they are keeping a close eye on the growing flood threat.
"Not just our county, but we're watching all the counties around us to see what is going on," said Knox County Emergency Management Agency Director John Streeter, "but I think we're going to fare pretty good here."
This community along the Wabash is built to handle floods.
Even though the crest of the river is still days away crews were out putting up the flood gates that keep river away and more work is coming including sandbagging strategic spots.
"The city has placed an order with the Knox County Emergency Management Agency for about 15 pallets of sandbags right now, so they can start and finish erecting their flood walls within the city limits," said Streeter.
This community always lives with the threat of a big river, and even though it is projected to go at least 6 feet higher here, officials believe they are already ahead of the fight.
"We've got enough preparation and years of experience behind us that we're right on track," said Streeter. "We're actually ahead of the game right now."
Officials hope that by getting in front of the flood threat that when the river does hit its high point this community will stay safe behind the gates and levees and walls that have been built to protect it.
The Wabash is projected to crest in Vincennes on Saturday at just under 28 feet.
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