White River flooding moves south toward Wabash River

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Indiana's worst flooding is still moving south toward the Wabash River.

The high water on the White River is threatening the towns of Hazleton and East Mount Carmel in Gibson County. Parts of historic New Harmony along the Wabash also are threatened.

As of last night, state officials say floodwaters have not yet crested at Hazleton and East Mount Carmel near the area where the two rivers meet.

Joseph Wainscott is director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. He says sandbagging has been completed along a levee at Hazleton, and officials are evaluating what steps to take in East Mount Carmel.

Governor Daniels toured parts of southwestern Indiana by air yesterday and spoke to some farmers on the ground. He says the crop damage is worse than first thought, and many farmers may not be able to save their crops this year. Earlier this week, Daniels asked the Department of Agriculture for a farm disaster declaration in 44 Indiana counties.

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