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Vincennes prepared for Wabash River after rainfall

The newly renovated Kimmell Park in Vincennes is now underwater. That's due to overflow from the Wabash River.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 7:07 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI)- The newly renovated Kimmell Park in Vincennes is now underwater. That's due to overflow from the Wabash River.

John Burch is a Vincennes resident on the north side of town. After hearing one of the city’s flood walls was closed he wants to make sure his apartment won't end up under water.

"I'm very concerned about the flooding. You know they don't ever put the flood walls up or anything like that so I was very concerned. So I’m down here to check it out today to see how high it is," said Burch.

Vincennes Water Utilities have been doing what it can to prevent flooding. The agency has been working around the clock since the river began to rise. Including Hunter Pinnell who is the levee Superintendent.

"So we started watching it Saturday and then you know the river has risen up and as it's come up we have done what we need to do,” said Pinnell.

So far the city has closed only one flood wall. It has also activated multiple pumps along the river. City workers continue to monitor them.

"We've also worked very hard over the past ten, fifteen years to make sure everything operates as well as it can so we have a few problems as possible," said Pinnell

According to the National Weather Service, the river is set to crest Friday afternoon. It's projected to crest around 25 feet. The record for the river in Vincennes is nearly 30 feet.

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