Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 19, 2013

Neighborhood compared to Armageddon

By Andrea McCann
Managing Editor

Zionsville — John Davidson feels lucky that his home at 350 S. Fourth St. wasn’t affected by the flooding Friday, April 19, when Eagle Creek jumped its banks; his brother, Jeff Davidson, not so much.

“I’m as dry as a bone,” John Davidson said of his home. “I don’t  know why I got lucky.”  

Directly across the street, creek water covered the yard and flooded the garage of a home. Next door to John, at 330 S. Fourth St., Jennifer Stoltz said she had 6 inches of water in her basement. Two houses down in the opposite direction, at the junction of Fourth and Sycamore streets, Jeff Davidson was pumping gallon after gallon of water out of his basement.

Neither John nor Jennifer had ever seen anything like it, they said. Jennifer called it “like Armageddon.”

“This is the worst I’ve seen it since ’63,” Jeff said. “I’ve lived on this block 59 years, in three different houses... it’s the worst I’ve seen in the 32 years I’ve been in this house.”

Jeff said he lost his furnace and water heater, along with all his belongings and furnishings in the finished basement. Behind the house, a shop and garage filled with floodwater thigh high, he said.

“I had two vehicles I couldn’t get out,” Jeff said, adding he also lost some tools he uses for his livelihood as a carpenter and remodeler.  

Fortunately, he said, he has flood insurance.

The properties surrounding his also had standing water and sustained flood damage, Jeff said, and many neighbors evacuated in the early morning hours. However, he decided to stay and pump water in an effort to save as much of his property as he could.

“It came in quick this morning,” he said of the flooding. “I woke up because I heard the drain in my bathroom gurgling.”

Once up, he noticed firefighters alerting his neighbors to evacuate.

According to Captain Doug Gauthier of the Zionsville Police Department, about 30 people total took advantage of an emergency shelter.