4-H fairgrounds prepare for possible flooding in Pulaski County


We may have had a beautiful day Friday, but flooding from the severe weather this past week continues to be on the minds of many in Pulaski County.

That's because the Tippecanoe River, which is notorious for flooding, sits right next to the county fairgrounds and the pre-fair judging starts in just a week.
The Pulaski County Extension Office says the river is supposed to crest Tuesday, but they say they've never had to move the fair before.

So, while they say the fair schedule will continue to go as planned, the stress of "what -if's" continue to grow.
The Pulaski County 4-H and Community Fair seems to be a family thing.

“I was a 10 year 4-H member, my older sister did it, my parents were also 4-H members back in their day,” says Pulaski County resident, Veronica Leman.

So it’s safe to say,

“4-H is probably the biggest youth activity club that we have in Pulaski County,” says Pulaski County Extension Office Manager, Sue Rosenbaum.

That means lots of planning and preparation, but the weather seems to be making things difficult

“So when it floods over there it goes through the 4-H building, through the commercial buildings and it brings in layers of mud in there and that has to be cleaned up, so they had just finished the clean up a few days before this rain and then we had the second storm,” says Rosenbaum.

Sue says the river has reached about 10 feet right now, but bigger problem is that it is supposed to crest around 12 feet Tuesday, making many worry the fairgrounds will be flooded just in time for the pre-fair judging.

“So, all that cleanup will have to be done again. If it’s not done in time before those projects come in, we have to find schools or the churches. We are going to have to bring projects in there, judge them, have the kids take them home and bring them back in again,” says Rosenbaum.

So all they can do now is just sit and wait.


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