Major flooding forecast for Tippecanoe

The National Weather Service in northern Indiana now says major flooding is forecast for the Tippecanoe River in northern Indiana.

The weather service Sunday reissued a flood warning for the Tippecanoe to change the flooding severity to major from moderate above Winamac and affecting Carroll, Pulaski and White counties. That includes the town of Monticello.

It says flood stage is 10 feet but at 10 a.m. Sunday the river was at 11.2 feet and rising. It says major flooding will occur when the depth reaches 13 feet.

Now, not everyone out near Monterey believes this is going to happen, but the ones that do are prepared.

“Is started about Friday and it just kept on coming up and up and up,” says Rising Sun Campground employee, Joyce.

Joyce has been working at the campground in Monterey for about three years now, so for her, this year’s flooding is the worst she's seen.

“We heard that it was going to crest at 13.2 then we heard it was going to crest at 14.8 or something like that,” Joyce continues.

The Tippecanoe River is around 12 feet in that area, just high enough to flood a good portion of the campground

“We called everybody and told them that they shouldn’t come out because the trailers would be under water and we would pull them up out of the water,” she explains.

While Joyce prepared for the river potentially cresting at 14.3 feet others around the area believe it’s actually going down.

"If it does rise, it’s not going to be that much. As you can see on the trees, you can see where it has started to recede,” says Pulaski County resident, Pat Milam.

Pat has lived in the area for a while and says this flooding is nothing compared to three years ago.

“It actually reached to the road and everyone had to be evacuated from across the river,” she continues.

She even had to get into a boat just to get to her car.

“You would be surprised how fast it goes down,” Joyce explains.

“It is nice to see the river up some because then it does wash things out and allowing the river better flow,” Pat says.

In January 2005 the Tippecanoe reached 13.4 feet.

The Tippecanoe empties into the Wabash north of Lafayette.

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