PETERSBURG, Ind. — Floodwaters pushed down the White River Friday in southwestern Indiana, forcing people from their homes and sparking frantic sandbagging efforts.
The river was running 9 to 12 feet above flood stage in some areas. Residents of Dodge City and Smithville were urged to evacuate.
"We're told the river will reach 26 feet by Monday morning," Petersburg Mayor Randy Harris said. "That's about a half foot higher than in May, 1990, when we lost our water supply." Petersburg, population 2,400, is one of the larger towns in the affected area.
In Elnora, population 700, high school students were excused from classes to fill sandbags.