Community makes safety strides since June 2008 flood

When the flood of 2008 hit, Columbus and Bartholomew County residents had little warning of the damage that was coming downstream.

Things are different now, says Shannan Hinton, director of emergency management for the county.

In the 10 years since the flood, stream gauges have been installed on the rivers and major creeks leading into the community that will alert the community to flooding.

And the Everbridge phone, text and e-mail alert system which can warn the community of danger is now active.

Hinton said some of the most affected businesses have also added protection..

Tomorrow is the 10-year anniversary of the flood of 2008. There will be a ceremony held in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood, starting at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, to recognize the anniversary. More than 40 homes were destroyed in that neighborhood, which lies between the Cummins childcare center and FFY in East Columbus.