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Vanderburgh Co. flooding is getting worse

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The State of Emergency continues in Evansville and Vanderburgh County as the floodwaters spread to new neighborhoods along the rain-swollen Pigeon Creek.

"We knew what to expect and we kind of got a jump on it, and started sandbagging last Monday and it's just powerful stuff you never know what it's gonna do," flood victim Steve Bequette says.

Steve and Sandy Bequette has barricaded their home on St. Joseph Avenue with more than a thousand sandbags.

The couple says a stream off of Pigeon Creek just keeps rising.

"We are surviving so far hopefully it will stay this way and won't rain any more and we'll make it through this," Sandy Bequette says. 

The Bequette's property is just one along dozens on the West Side now in danger.

And because the flooding is spreading, officials took flight to better picture of situation.

"The aerial view showed an overwhelmed system of creeks and of course the Ohio River, just absolutely overwhelmed. It's very, very troublesome because it's almost putting everyone in emergency mode and if it's not putting citizens in emergency mode they should be advising themselves to become more prepared," Lt. Lindsay Shipps of the Civil Air Patrol says.

Volunteers are now filling sandbags at four areas in Evansville.

The largest operation is at Faith Bible Church on Oak Hill Road.

There around 100,000 pre-filled bags are available. They can be picked up or brought to homeowners.

"We have neighbors still hurting and still worried about their homes that's the most critical thing we are working on right now," Lt. Shipps says.

Officials are advising residents making their own bags not to fill them too full and to stack them properly, or they won't work.

Volunteers at staging locations can offer assistance.

The Bequette's say most of their sandbags were brought to them by volunteers and for that they are extremely grateful.

"It makes us believe that there's more good people out there than bad," Steve Bequette says. 

"You could never ever thank them enough," Sandy Bequette says.

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Additional Sandbag Staging Areas

EMA officials have issued a plea for additional volunteers to assist with sandbagging efforts.
Anyone who is able to volunteer is asked to report to Faith Bible Church, 5601 Oak Hill Rd.

Residents should call EMA at 435-6020 with any questions regarding sandbags. Residents are reminded NOT to call these churches and businesses for information about sandbags.

Faith Bible Church
5601 Oak Hill Rd.
Evansville, IN 47715

Rural King – West
2800 N. St. Joseph Ave.
Evansville, IN 47720
Pre-filled sandbags only

Good Shepherd Catholic Church
2301 N. Stockwell Rd.
Evansville, IN 47715

Menard's – East
2808 Menard Dr.
Evansville, IN 47715
Pre-filled sandbags only

State of Emergency Proclaimed in City of Evansville, Vanderburgh County

Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel and the Vanderburgh County Commissioners are proclaiming a State of Emergency for the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County in accordance with the recommendation from the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

The proclamation is being filed with the Secretary of State and with the City Clerk and County Clerk. The State of Emergency will go into effect on April 28, 2011, and will be valid for up to seven days.

It maybe extended for two seven-day periods if necessary.

It is up to employers, school corporations, etc. to make their own determinations as to whether to remain open during the State of Emergency.

A State of Emergency does not prohibit travel. The City and County cannot prohibit all travel under any circumstances. 

Barricades cannot be removed except as authorized or directed by a City official, employee or board. Driving around or removing barricades can result in a fine of $500.00 per violation. The fine is increased to $1,000 per violation if such violation results in physical injury to any person or damage to the property of another person.

Motorists should never attempt to drive through standing water covering a roadway even if barricades or signs are not posted.

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