Storms leave flash flooding, flooded basements

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The overnight hours allowed flash flooding to largely subside by Thursday morning, but some homeowners were still dealing with the effects of Wednesday night’s storms and heavy rain.

“It’s flooded,” said Aaron Grimes as he worked to clean up his basement. He said his home and others near 38th Street and Interstate 465 on the east side flood every time there’s heavy rain.

“They just keep flooding and flooding. If the street is flooded, the water’s going to keep coming back into our homes. Our stuff, pool table, electronics, everything’s ruined,” he said.

Grimes said water has backed up through his basement drain for nearly five years during heavy rains. He said he planned to continue searching for a solution with sewer officials on Thursday.

The Indianapolis Fire Department responded to at least seven motorists in need of help during flash flooding Wednesday night. Some of the areas with high water included 56th and North Meridian Street as well as Broad Ripple. The water had mostly receded in time for the Thursday morning commute.

The storms also knocked out power to nearly 33,000 homes in central Indiana. By late Thursday morning, all but about 500 had been restored.

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