WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Monday night the West Terre Haute town council meeting was flooded with concerns; the small hall full of not only residents, but fears over the future of the town.
At times tempers flared as the town looked not to only to rebuild, but to solve the spring flood problem that plagues the western Vigo County town.
The residents came looking for answers. The town council did its best to supply them.
"I think what we need to do is work as a group," Town Council President Scott McClain said. "Get our commissioners together, get our county council (together) and contact our USDA. (We want to) see if there is any way that there is a secondary levee we can repair that can prevent some of the water from getting into our levee."
But as McClain explained to the group, the floods and subsequent seep water rising is a problem that only an engineer could give a definite solution.
As far what the town can do, there might not be enough funds to really make a difference.
"Especially with the recent state cut backs you know that's certainly a problem," McClain said. "Our budget alone was cut by 250,000 dollars."
But, there was a bright spot to the meeting. Some folks came to say thank you for their town's efforts in saving their homes and businesses.
If you were there that day with Tiffany and Bud White as they fought the flood waters seeping into the Dresser Community Church, they had a message:
"Everybody that (came) and (helped) that small community of dresser, just sandbagging and everything they did, just we really appreciate it," Tiffany White said.
A fear tempered with hope. As a community pulled together so they can have a future.
The town council said the best way for folks in West Terre Haute to seek help for flood damage is to contact the police with a report on their damages suffered.
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