Storms bring flooding, power outages in NW Indiana

The storms that rolled through the Chicago area Sunday night brought flooding and damage to many communities, including some in northwest Indiana.
May 12, 2014 8:20:05 PM PDT
The storms that rolled through the Chicago area Sunday night brought flooding and damage to many communities, including some in northwest Indiana.

Mildred Keeling still can't believe her eyes. The storm fired debris like missiles through her front window, much of it coming from the Rittenhouse senior living facility across the street. Dozens of windows are damaged and part of the roof is missing.

"When it happened, it sounded like a big bag. It was roaring like a normal, big storm," Keeling said.

It was normal for spring, but a nuisance nonetheless. In Hammond, Sunday night's fast and furious storm trapped a family. Firefighters rescued the parents and children by boat.

Cline Avenue near I-80 was underwater for a while causing cars to crawl.

Daylight revealed downed trees, one of them coming to rest on David Benczi's Jaguar. He had just taken it out of storage for the season.

"I saw this car my heart was broken," he said. "It's my pride and joy. I only drive it in the summertime."

It was a day of clean-up for some and time spent without electricity for others.

Jeanie Hastings is still in the dark, waiting for crews to fix wires snapped from her home.

"Actually we're concerned because my husband and I have a lot of meat and stuff in the winter and we have a lot of meet in the freezer," she said.

For Keeling, new weather warnings Monday night have her rethinking her retirement choice.

"If I had good sense I'd probably get in the car and drive to Florida. I'm still debating it!" she said.

Insurance adjusters will be out Tuesday. The senior citizens center, a restaurant and several other buildings in northwest Indiana all have tarps covering portions of their roofs.


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