TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (Feb. 21, 2014)—Several homes in Tippecanoe County were evacuated following severe storms that moved through Indiana Thursday night.
The sheriff’s department said about eight homes were evacuated early Friday morning. Officials said an ice dam formed in Wildcat Creek, causing homes to be evacuated along Barton Beach Road around 1 a.m.
Tippecanoe County EMA Director William Anderson said the area has a history of flooding, but they usually have time to prepare due to the slow rise of water levels. However, Anderson said the water rose quickly due to the ice dam, which occurs when water builds up behind a blockage of ice.
Sheriff department officials said another ice jam approximately 7 miles long was reported in nearby Carroll County and could potentially bring more flood waters to Tippecanoe County over the weekend.
It is unclear when the evacuated families will be allowed to return to their homes.
Watch raw video of the flooding above– courtesy of the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department.