CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) - After heavy rains in the span of a few hours on Tuesday, residents had to deal with Feather Creek in Clinton breaking its banks.
Frank Long is a life-long Clinton resident. He says he lives on "high ground" but as for his storage garage, that's not the case.
Long says, "I was surprised when I got up here about 11 ‘o’ clock it was so high, I was really surprised. I didn't think we got that much rain."
Early Tuesday morning Feather Creek broke its banks. Meaning a close-call for the garage that Long has owned for the last 6 years.
Long says "Well I'd say another two feet in rise it probably would've been into my garage. It's never gotten that high before."
After a drainage project in 2013 for Feather Creek, Clinton Mayor Jack Gilfoy says the creek hasn't been a problem. He says there were special conditions Tuesday that caused the high water.
Gilfoy shares, "One reason I think that it went out is we got 3.24 inches of rain since 2:30 this morning, until 11’o’clock this morning, and most of that came all at once. So I think that's what pushed it over. There was also some, water in the channel itself from the past snow and the rains that we've had."
Some folks had to turn to a boat to get around some city streets. But as for Long, he’s hoping the water stays down and plans to take a peek at his garage in the coming hours.
Long says, "Just when we got a lot of rain like this, that's about the only time I worry about flooding. I'm gonna come back and check on it later this evening and first thing in the morning I'll come back and check on it."
If you are in need of rescuing or assistance, Mayor Gilfoy says you can contact the police department. Officers can either help you or get you in touch with the American Red Cross.
Gilfoy hopes to contact the Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday. That’s to address flooding issues near South 9th Street where the city has also taken steps to alleviate flooding.