Displaced Hoosiers survey flood damage

It could take months to return home for some

TIPTON, Ind. - Damage from flooding displaced more than 100 Hoosiers across central Indiana Saturday.

Tipton was one community hit hard by the flooding, and neighbors spent the day cleaning up and dealing with their losses.

Up to 5 inches of rain fell in parts of central Indiana on Friday, and people in one neighborhood left when they saw the drainage systems were not able to keep up with the water.

“About 10:30 a.m. he said we have to go out, so we waded out in chest-deep water,” said homeowner Teresa Hufford.

By 11 a.m. that day, the water rose so high that officials had to rescue some people using boats and tractors.

Despite the physical damage that the water left in many homes, many people said they are more heartbroken by the things they cannot replace.

As the water started to recede, Jennifer and Gary Hunter had their fears confirmed.

“Everything on the first floor is going to be more than likely a total loss,” Jennifer Hunter said.

The Hunters said their renter’s insurance will not cover their losses.

“It’s our biggest struggle right now. Everything we have we own and we’ve worked hard for it and we’re losing everything,” Hunter said.

Dozens of their neighbors also dealt with damage and loss as they learned it could be months before they can return back home.

Uninsured loss is typically a qualifier for disaster relief.

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