ELWOOD, Ind. (WISH) - Amanda St.Germaine couldn't believe her eyes when she was awakened early Friday morning and told to get out.
"We grew up here so this is our home. It's not like we expected anything like this to happen," said St.Germaine.
Water was overtaking the town of Elwood.
"Our rain gauges tell us that we received nearly five inches of rain in less than 24 hours so we took a lot of water very quickly at a time where everything was 100 percent saturated," said Elwood Mayor, Ron Arnold.
Arnold says its the town's worst flood since 1989. Since then, the city revamped its entire drainage system.
Friday no one would've known.
"It didn't matter how much water you could move through your system because it never got to the system," said Arnold.
The town's brand new community center is under water, its parks look like small lakes and its schools now islands.
But it's the roads, turned to rivers, that posed the immediate danger.
"The waters up higher than I've seen it in a long long time," said Pipe Creek Fire Chief, Richard Shepherd.
Officials spent tireless hours conducting water rescues because drivers insisted on trying to make it through water-covered roads.
"Somebody was stuck. They came rushing in, they brought in boats to get her out of her car and then we saw them bring in boats to evacuate people across the street," said St.Germaine.
No injuries were reported and the water is now beginning to recede, but what the flood of 2013 brought upon this town only those living here can describe.
"Disaster, a huge disaster," said St.Germaine.
Police dispatchers in Hancock County say two medical helicopters were called to the scene of a crash late Wednesday night.
SWAT members were called to the city's northwest side Wednesday night.
In the wake of tornadoes that ravaged towns like Kokomo, Hoosiers now have another concern.