Dresser residents prepare for more flooding

The town of Dresser sits along the Wabash River in between Terre Haute and West Terre Haute.

Posted: Feb. 27, 2018 9:41 PM
Updated: Feb. 27, 2018 11:19 PM

DRESSER, Ind. (WTHI) - Water is receding in many parts of the Wabash Valley but one community is preparing for more rain and damage.

The town of Dresser sits along the Wabash River in between Terre Haute and West Terre Haute. Residents there say flooding is a regular problem.

Sandbags from years ago still line the streets and water has already damaged some property this season. Residents say they're worried rain in the forecast will make the situation worse.

Patsy Tapp says she has lived in the small town all her life and at least three generations of her family have called Dresser home.

Flood water has already covered the ground surrounding her son's property. Tapp says neighbors are concerned the water will reach other areas and the community church.

"It's going to raise it up again, maybe be worse. I hope not but I just hope it don't flood and ruin all our stuff and basically, and mainly not kill somebody."

News 10 helped connect neighbors with the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency so they could get new bags and sand.

Deputy Director J.D. Kessler says the situation is Dresser serves as an important reminder to plan ahead and request help.

Kessler says the agency is monitoring the river and communicating with the National Weather Service as more rain is expected. 

"For the short term, we feel pretty comfortable right now. If it goes south of us, obviously it's not a concern to us. If it goes north then it becomes more of a concern to us."

Sand was delivered to the Dresser community so people can get to work filling bags before more rain hits.

If you need bags and sand you can contact the Emergency Management Agency in your area. In Vigo county that number is (812) 462-3217.

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