Some evacuations near Tippecanoe River

January 8, 2008 8:32:46 AM PST
Thunderstorms that dropped more than five inches of rain on north-central Indiana have pushed rivers and streams over their banks and threatened to overwhelm a dam on the Tippecanoe River.

White County Emergency Management director Gordon Cochran said boats had been called out to assist in evacuations in the Monticello area.

Carroll County Emergency Management director Dave McDowell told WXIN-TV that "a couple hundred" homes may be effected, but that many are summer residences not currently occupied.

The National Weather Service reported near-record flooding at the Norway and Oakdale dams just north of Monticello, a city of some 5,700 people about 25 miles north of Lafayette.

Some roads had washed out in the area, including Indiana 16 east of Monon.