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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Heavy storms pelted many areas in the Wabash Valley Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Brazil City officials confirmed to The Brazil Times that the storms caused much flooding in the area.

"It just came so hard and so fast," Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith said. "There wasn't enough capacity to get away."

Smith added officials were told the area got approximately one-and-a-half inches of rain in a short amount of time close to midnight, which caused flash flooding in storm sewers in the southern portion of the city.

Members of the Brazil Wastewater Department attempted to access lift stations in the city to speed up the drainage process.

The State Highway Department had to temporarily close access to State Road 59 at the intersection with Jackson Street, but the roadblock had been lifted shortly after 3 a.m.

At approximately 3:24 a.m., city officials confirmed that floodwaters began receding in some areas, including SR 59, south of Pinckley Street.

However, some low-lying areas were still covered.

In addition, city officials and the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter had to assist approximately 10 individuals who had been displaced from Vine Street Apartments due to flooding.

"High water forced some evacuations," Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband told The Times. "But we didn't have to set up any shelters. All the people had family and friends where they could stay."

Husband said other areas in the county were not affected as severely as Brazil.

"Most of it was in Brazil," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton added.

When the storms hit the area, city and county officials urged residents to use caution when traveling in low-lying areas. Officials also noted United States 40, SR 59, and low-lying areas within the Brazil City limits and Knightsville as being potential dangerous areas as the storm crept through Clay County.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department also assisted with road closings within the city limits.

American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter Executive Director Carol Stevens told The Times while none of the displaced residents needed shelter following the storms, the offer remained open.

"We are available," Stevens said.

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