News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 22, 2013

Levee fails, Wabash River floodwaters inundate Prairieton farmland

Levee near Dresser also has failed; residents filling sandbags


Associated Press

TERRE HAUTE —  A Vigo County official says a levee has failed near the flooded Wabash River, allowing floodwaters to inundate farmland near the town of Prairieton and isolating about two dozen homes.

Deputy Director J.D. Kesler of the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency says floodwaters caused the Prairietown-Honey Creek levee to fail about 3 a.m. today.

He says the failure of that levee along the Wabash River near Prairieton about 10 miles south of Terre Haute is allowing floodwaters to drain into a mostly agricultural area, leaving 20 to 25 homes on a sort of temporary island reachable only by boat.

Kesler says a small levee along the Wabash River just west of Terre Haute in Dresser also has failed, leaving some homes in that town with water in their basements. Volunteers and residents are filling sandbags to shore up areas in Dresser also threatened by floodwaters.

— Associated Press