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LaGrange County residents still dealing with flooding

People who have lived on Witmer Lake for decades said this year is the highest they've ever seen the water.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 10:23 PM
Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 8:27 AM

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - People living along the West Lakes in Noble County and Indian Lakes in LaGrange County are dealing with flooding.

People who have lived on Witmer Lake for decades said this year is the highest they've ever seen the water.

Many set up pumps to get the water away from their house.

"We've had a couple that have been close to this, not quite as extreme," said Everitt Billingsley, who has lived on Witmer Lake for 34 years. "It's one of the faults in living at the lake. It's part of lake life."

He was pumping water from his crawl space Thursday to keep it from his heating ducts.

Billingsley said he's frustrated he's not getting any help.

"It's disappointing to say the least. Disappointing we didn't have a little more support from getting sand out to the community," he said.

Billingsley said he blames the timing.

Since LaGrange County got a lot of rain in February, the lake and ground was still frozen leaving the water no where to go.

"This was the fastest rising flood we've had. That came up within about three days it was like it is here," said Billingsley.

But he's making the most of the terrible situation.

"If anybody needs some water, please stop by and take all you want."

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued a no motor boat order of the Indian Lakes in LaGrange County and West Lakes in Noble County.

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