Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times she was notified about the flooding problem shortly before midnight.
"We have several families affected by the flooding," Bradshaw said just outside of the City Council Chambers at Brazil City Hall. "Most of the flooding appears to be in the southern part of the city."
Inside the Council Chambers, American Red Cross officials were providing assistance to eight families driven out of the Vine Street Apartments due to the rising water from the estimated one-and-a-half inches of rain that deluged the area in less than 30 minutes shortly before 10 p.m.
"It just came down so hard and so fast," Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith said. "There wasn't enough capacity for that much rain to get away."
Smith said all reserve firefighters were called in to provide assistance to residents who might have needed it during the flooding.
Also out with their waders on were the members of the Brazil Wastewater Department.
Pump Station Supervisor Mike Bemis was battling high water to get to the more than 23 lift stations located throughout the city to help speed up the drainage process to Birch Creek.
"We've got high water around them all," Bemis said.
The lift stations are located at various points along "Pouges Run," an underground tunnel that helps remove storm water from the city.
"The intensity of the rainfall, the short amount of time it fell in and the previous rain we had had earlier in the day was just too much for the system to handle," Wastewater Collection Supervisor Terry Robison explained to The Brazil Times Wednesday afternoon. "It's an old system, plus it also helps remove storm water from multiple areas outside of the city as well. It just couldn't handle all that at once, it was too much. That's why there was flooding all over the city."
As the water bubbled up through storm drains throughout the city, emergency personnel sprung into action.
Members of the Brazil City Police and Clay County Sheriff's departments closed traffic to flooded roads.
Brazil City Police Dispatcher Andy Whittington came in to man the phones because another dispatcher was unable to make it through the flood waters for their shift.
"I have an SUV," Whittington said. "It's bad out there, which is why no one should drive in situations like this unless it's an emergency."
Shalisa Buis, Reelsville, found herself caught up in the floods while trying to take a friend home.
"(United States) 40 was covered in water," Buis said. "I know, I tried to drive in it and couldn't."
Brazil resident Eddie Lile agreed.
"You couldn't get across it at one point," Lile, who lives in the Vine Street Apartments, told The Brazil Times.
The Indiana State Highway Department temporarily closed access to State Road 59 at the intersection with Jackson Street.
"Every time a semi drove through the high water, it was causing problems," Pierce said. "The trucks were making waves of water, which were being forced back into the homes in that area."
According to Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband, Brazil was the center of activity after the storm.
"High water forced some evacuations," Husband said. "But we didn't have to set up any shelters. All the people had family and friends where they could stay."
American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter Executive Director Carol Stevens told The Times Wednesday, that while none of the displaced residents needed shelter following the storms, the offer remained open.
"We are available," Stevens said.
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 noted United States 40, SR 59, and low-lying areas within the Brazil City limits and Knightsville as being potential dangerous areas.