Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 24, 2013

Flooding displaces residents early Friday

By Andrea McCann
Managing Editor

Zionsville — Several people were forced from their homes by Eagle Creek and its feeders in the wee hours of the morning Friday, April 19.

Bonnie Sloan and four family members were among those taken to an emergency shelter. The family lives in a house at the center of Compton’s mobile home park at Fourth and Sycamore streets in Zionsville.

“We got woke up just after 3:00 this morning,” Sloan said. “The fire department and police were banging on our door.”

She said the water rose quickly and was ankle deep at their vehicle by the time they gathered some belongings to evacuate. She said the evacuation was voluntary at that time, but firefighters cautioned them that if the water continued to rise, they might not be able to get back in to make a rescue later if the Sloans became stranded.

“It came in quick this morning,” said Jeff Davidson, who lives at Fourth and Sycamore streets near the trailer park entrance. “I woke up because I heard the drain in my bathroom gurgling.”

Once up, he noticed firefighters alerting his neighbors to evacuate. Captain Doug Gauthier of the Zionsville Police Department said six houses and 16 mobile homes in the area of Fourth and Sycamore streets were evacuated, 17 houses in Cobblestone Lakes, one house on CR 300 S at the Eagle Creek bridge, and two residences near or on the golf course. He said some residents decided to stay with their homes, while others left voluntarily. Gauthier said about 30 people took advantage of the emergency shelter.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.