Flood damage short of aid level

After only two residents reported damage to their homes due to a flood days before Christmas, the county no longer is pursuing funding that would help pay for repairs.

About 5 inches of rain fell throughout the day on Dec. 21, causing flooding that shut down more than 80 roads and led to a voluntary evacuation of one Center Grove area subdivision. Although high water closed roads and started rising in neighborhoods throughout the county, little damage was reported, Johnson County Emergency Management director Stephanie Sichting said.

County commissioners signed a local emergency declaration during the flood, which is one of the first steps in applying for disaster aid. Local officials were starting to gather information about damage, but it soon became apparent the county wouldn’t meet the required threshold to qualify for a disaster, Sichting said.

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