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Tippecanoe River Spilling Out Of Its Banks

Last updated on Thursday, March 12, 2009

(MONTICELLO) - Several residents in north-central Indiana are headed for higher ground to escape flood waters.

The Tippecanoe River is spilling out of its banks as it winds through parts of the state, including communities near Monticello.

Cass/White County Red Cross Executive Director Jill Baughman says two people stayed in a shelter Tuesday night, but she expects as many as ten residents to stay tonight in a local church setup at a makeshift shelter.

Police officers and local fire departments went door to door asking residents in several river communities to evacuate. However, the evacuations are not mandatory.

Baughman says the flood waters are rising quickly, spilling inside some homes. She says shelters have also been setup in nearby Carroll County, but admits it is not clear how long they will remain open. Sandbags are being prepared in several towns.

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