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Storms cause extensive flooding

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

At approximately 3:24 a.m., Brazil City officials confirmed to The Brazil Times that floodwaters began receding in some areas, including State Road 59, south of Pinckley Street.

However, Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith said he still encouraged residents to take caution when traveling side streets south of United States 40 as some low-lying areas were still covered.

Early Wednesday morning, city officials and the American Red Cross were assisting approximately 10 individuals who were displaced from the Vine Street area due to excess flooding.

It was estimated that approximately one-and-a-half inches of rain fell during a 30-minute period around midnight, causing flash flooding in storm sewers in the southern half of Brazil.

Members of the Brazil Wastewater Department were attempting to access lift stations in the city to expedite the drainage process.

The State Highway Department temporarily closed access to SR 59 at the intersection with Jackson Street. Officials confirmed traffic from semis through the area helped force floodwaters into nearby homes. The roadblock was lifted, however, shortly after 3 a.m.

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Once again I watched as my yard slowly disappear underwater. The water rose until it was about 2 inches beneath my stoop. Of course I knew what would happen next, even though I dodged the bullet from Mother Nature, sure enough right on cue, the guys on joy rides, thinking it is fun to drive through high water, start rolling through my neighborhood.

What do you think happens?

Naturally the wake they create pushes the water into my house that could have been avoided. The first responder I saw was a Brazil Fireman. I asked that they block the street, and he came back later with a single barrel. Again, what do you think happens next...that's right, more idiots simply drive around the barrel and create more problems for me. I'm not blaming the Fire Dept., as that is probably what they had access to, but where was the Street Dept.?

I never saw anyone other than the Fire Dept. for the entire duration of this latest event. My neighborhood is classified as the "worst" or "highest" designation of a flood zone from past events...where was the city's response?

Oh and by the way, I could throw a rock and hit the Mayor's house from my property, which quite honestly I felt like doing. But I guess she wasn't concerned because no one saw her and her house is high enough that events like this one are no threat to her property.

But still, I would have had no water in my living space, if it had not been for the idiots (I can't say what I really want to call them) driving through the water for some kind of thrill. I'm really ashamed of my community today.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Wed, Apr 20, 2011, at 12:01 PM

And how is this the Mayor's fault? Flash Flooding is an act of God.

-- Posted by hoosierhick on Wed, Apr 20, 2011, at 1:32 PM

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