Jeffersonville subdivision blocked off by standing water after heavy rain


by Alex Schuman

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 6:46 AM

BEDFORD, Ind. (WHAS11) -- “You could hear the tree cracking and snapping and it knocked down,”  Scott Hiles, who watched two trees fall down into his neighbors’ house near Bedford, Ind. said.

Hiles went over to try and help.

“I was just making sure no one needed help, nobody was hurt, and there were no fires,” he said.

The trees fell into the living room of a mobile home, but the family was not inside.

Further south in Jeffersonville, heavy rains trapped families living at the Boulder Creek subdivision.

“If it rains really hard, we’re stuck,” Sharlene Gayles said.  “We can’t get in or out.’

The neighborhood’s only road in and out was covered by a nearby creek Sunday morning.

“From 9 to 15 inches deep, and it was actually white water over the road,” Don Foster, who lives in Jeffersonville, said.

People inside the subdivision feel unsafe without a second option because police and ambulances cannot get through the water.

"The subdivision is probably a mile - mile and a quarter deep,” Foster said.  “You expect somebody to carry a sick friend, family member, through that water, through the subdivision, to the ambulance waiting on the other side?  It's not supposed to work that way."

Residents have been told a second road cannot be finished until bridge construction is over.  No one in the subdivision or near the house in Bedford reported being injured by the storm.