Indianapolis, IN Storm, Jul 1915

Lightning and Deluge Play Havoc

Streets and Basements Flooded When Heavy Storm Sweeps Over Indianapolis

Traffic Is Hard Hit
Streets were flooded, sidewalks in certain sections of the city were swept away, street car lines, telephones and electric lights were put out of commission temporarily, traffic was tied up and many persons were panic-stricken under the conviction that there was to be a repetition of the flood of 1913, when a torrential rainstorm swept Indianapolis yesterday afternoon and last evening. Lightning struck in many places, but the greatest damage was caused by the rain.

Dam Backs Up Water.
The worst flooded district of the city reported was near Dorman street and Highland avenue, from East Tenth street to Michigan avenue. The Pogue’s Run drain is being put in and a das [sic] has been constructed across the run at Market street, being necessitated by the construction.

The dam caused the water to back up and the water rose steadily. At 8 o’clock in the evening there was about eighteen inches of water in the streets and it was impossible for pedestrians to get about. The Highland Cut Rate Pharmacy, at Michigan street and Highland avenue, had nearly two feet of water in it and the employes [sic] were wading around in hip boots getting the stock out of danger. Other shopkeepers in that neighborhood were similarly at work.

Dorman street and Highland avenue were flooded from curb to curb in this district and the water was well above the bridges at East Tenth street, Highland avenue and Dorman street. While it was not believed that the residents of the neighborhood were in any danger, a great deal of damage was done to property.

Dwelling House Caves In.
Peculiarities in the construction of the house of FLOYD MONEY, 2613 Southeastern avenue, proved disastrous when water began to flood the cellar. The foundations of the house had been built and the flue constructed before the cellar was dug, and after the cellar was completed a space of about eighteen inches was left around the flue.
When water began to come into the cellar the foundations were undermined and the middle part of the house, including the brick flue, caved in with a crash that could be heard for blocks. Mr. and Mrs. Money and two other women were sitting on the front porch and were not injured. There is about five feet of water in the cellar. The loss is estimated at $300.

Persons living in the vicinity of Oriental and St. Clair streets became alarmed when the water began to rise rapidly and a call for help was sent to police headquarters. SERGT. FLETCHER was sent to look over the situation and when he arrived the water was at the front doors of the dwellings along the streets. He sent in a call for a police boat, but by the time it had arrived the waters had gone down and was not more than waist deep at any place.

Forced to “Rescue” Boat.
The police boat was used in ferrying several persons across the streets. The water receded at such a rapid rate that it was almost impossible to row the boat and the policemen were compelled to wade in and tow it out.

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