Zionsville Times Sentinel

May 22, 2013

Boone County qualifies for flood relief

By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel

Boone County — Flooding in mid-April has caused at least $227,000 damage to government property in Boone County.

Inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in Boone and 17 other counties this week to assess damage to public infrastructure, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security said. Those inspections will determine whether the counties qualify for federal assistance.

Local, state and federal officials will join in the inspections that will produce preliminary estimates of damage caused by historic flooding on April 17 and 18. Although not as extensive as a 1957 flood, the April event caused Prairie Creek to crest at a record 15.71 feet. Eagle Creek in Zionsville crested at a near-record 15.97 feet.

Rachel Hanson, administrative assistant of the Boone County Emergency Management Agency, said costs for damage to roads, equipment and expenses for overtime worked by police, fire and other agencies was at least $226,800. “That doesn’t include all of our estimates,” she said.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.