Residents work to clean up after storm dumps about 4 inches of rain

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Hancock County Emergency Management officials are asking residents with flood-related damage to fill out a damage assessment form. Forms are available in the lobby of the Emergency Operations Center, 640 S. Franklin St. The forms are provided to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for damage assessment purposes. They are not applications for assistance.


GREENFIELD — With tennis shoes in hand and a purse slung across her back, a barefoot Charlotte Peters trudged through frigid floodwater reaching nearly up to her waist.

She was one of countless county residents who battled rising water during the weekend after a deluge dumped about 4 inches of rain on the county.

“I’m numb from right here down,” said Peters, 28, of Greenfield, touching the darkened top of her soaked jeans as she left her home Sunday afternoon.

Peters had just moved into a trailer in the Maples Mobile Home Park on Pratt Street in Greenfield. Sunday, she ventured outside for the first time and was welcomed by about 3 feet of water.

The weekend storm marked only the fifth time since 1871 that a December day in the Indianapolis area has seen more than 2 inches of rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

With the ground already saturated from the snow that melted earlier last week, the storm made for disastrous conditions.

Greenfield Fire Chief James Roberts estimated his crew performed at least 10 water rescues after drivers drove across flooded roads and found themselves in trouble.

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