KENTLAND, Ind. (CBS) — Cleanup was under way in Northwest Indiana Sunday, after flash flooding forced high water rescues.
Fire departments and police went door-to-door to help in the town of Kentland in Newton County.READ MORE: MISSING: Matthew La Luz, 32, Last Seen In Rogers Park, May Need Serious Medical Attention
Eric Aguilera thought it looked like a regular rainstorm. But all of his coworkers who lived nearby said their homes were practically underwater.
“I came home after my shift and down our street is flooded, and I know we have elderly people down our street. I was checking up on them to see if they’re OK, and they’re waiting, they’re just saying, like, ‘We’re OK, we’re waiting for the fire department,” Aguilera said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Spotty Showers Sunday Night, Monday
Residents with boats also rushed to help.
“We started out in a canoe and we helped a dog and a lady out of here, and then we switched to the (boat) back there, and we pretty much worked all night and got four or five people out,” said Kentland resident Ethan Grigsby.
The fire chief said within an hour, the water breached drains and started flooding the town. Some areas saw five feet of water.MORE NEWS: At Least 22 People Shot, 3 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
Even the firehouse had to be evacuated.