KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) - Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight watched Friday night as the Wildcat Creek crested, continuing to spill over into neighborhoods in what the city calls the worst flooding in recorded history.
"It's been rising about an inch and a half each hour," said Goodnight.
Firefighters used boats to evacuate more than 100 people from their homes just south of downtown.
Alicia Chapman was one of them. She could be heard yelling "help" from a stairway inside. Power company workers used a boat to take her to dry land a block away.
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"I thought I was going to wait it out but that's not possible anymore," she said. "And now the electricity's gone so there's no way I can stay."
Chapman said it was "a little scary" being trapped.
"I don't mind swimming but when you have to leave everything behind. I wanted to take it with me."
She settled on what she could fit into a duffel bag.
"It's all I could carry," she said.
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The Red Cross opened a shelter for those with no place to stay. Goodnight said about 15 people were there.
Two city streets and U.S. 31 remained the only ways for drivers to get north or south in Kokomo. As a result, traffic was at a near standstill Friday evening.
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But Goodnight thanked emergency officials for their work handling the problems and said it could've been worse.
"Even thought its a bad situation a very dangerous situation we haven't had any catastrophic problems," said Goodnight. "No major collapses. As far as we know at this point all things have worked out about as smoothly as we could hope for them to."
"Ill be back," said Chapman. "When the water goes down."
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