Impact from Wednesday’s rains still being assessed

City officials are still collecting data on the rain and flash flooding that impacted much of Jasper Wednesday evening.

Gauges recorded rainfall in the city exceeding 5.5 inches. The deluge overwhelmed storm sewers not designed to handle singular rain events of that magnitude, stranding vehicles and damaging buildings and structures.

Jasper Volunteer Firefighters rescued a couple from high waters at Northwood Avenue. They were also called to Knollridge Apartments on West 43rd Street, where several ground-level units were filled with eight to 12 inches of water.

Several residents with medical conditions were assisted by firefighters and police officers from the floodwaters. The city also worked with the apartment building owners to place the affected residents in hotel rooms until repairs were made.

St. Charles Street flooded in several areas, even causing about 30 feet of the black-topped St. Charles Multiuse Trail to float into the street.

St. Charles Multiuse Trail damage. Photo courtesy Jasper Fire Department.

The Dubois County Museum was also flooded. It is closed until at least Tuesday as they clean up and wait for things to dry.

Jasper Street Department and Police worked to close flooded roads until the rain passed through and the waters subsided.

According to Dubois County Emergency Management Director Tammy Humbert, she has never seen flooding impact so many parts of the city at one time.

Rain amounts varied across the county, with some areas receiving nearly two inches and others receiving more than three.

This report will be updated.

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