COLUMBUS, IN (WAVE) - It's been five years since floodwaters swallowed a good portion of Bartholomew County, IN. Following that anniversary, Columbus city leaders unveiled a flood plan.
The flood risk management plan focuses on flood response and disaster prevention, implementing flood walls and an alert system targeting those in immediate danger first.
On June 6 and 7, 2008, constant heavy rains caused the White River overflow its banks. Water poured into the city.
The floodwaters forced the emergency evacuation of Columbus Regional Hospital, closed highways and damaged thousands of homes.
The hospital has since been rebuilt and reconfigured to include flood walls and a critical care unit no longer located in the basement where it once was submerged.
City officials are implementing the flood plan as a system of interlocked safeguards aimed at keeping everyone in the city safe should flooding strike again.
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