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Damage Left Behind Caused by Flooding December 19th

The Department of Homeland Security is trying to assess the damage caused by the flooding that started December 19th.
The Department of Homeland Security is trying to assess the damage caused by the flooding that started December 19th.

WFFT's Tara Petitt spoke to Homeland Security and the National Weather Service and has an updated report on the damage left behind in the wake of this storm.

It is the most common natural disaster.  The flooding that swept through the Midwest caused major damage in parts of Northeast Indiana and Southwest Ohio.

Rain falling faster than sump pumps can filter out, a common issue for many homeowners.

Brian Perry, a homeowner from Franklin, Indiana posted a picture of his basement to his Facebook showing the 18 inches of water that flooded his basement due to the failing sump pump.

Michael Skipper, with the National Weather Service, says there are 3 main factors that caused the flooding.

"First of all was that we had an inch of snow water equivalent with the snow on the ground.  On top of that, we had I'm seeing about 3-4 inches of rain.  The third thing is, you had a couple situations where first the vegetation's not taking in any moisture on the ground and the second bigger thing is actually a lot of the ground was still frozen."

Skipper says you have a potentially volatile situation this time of year when you have heavy rain with snow melt and a frozen ground.  The combination of the 3 will almost always cause major runoff.

The Department of Homeland Security says that so far all the flood operations have been handled by the local counties.  They will not know if federal assistance will be needed until all damage assessments are reported.
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