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Levees fail near flooded Wabash River

PRAIRIETON, Ind. – A western Indiana official says a levee has failed near the flooded Wabash River, allowing floodwaters to inundate farmland near the town of Prairieton and isolating about two dozen homes.

Deputy Director J.D. Kesler of the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency said floodwaters caused the Prairietown-Honey Creek levee to fail about 3 a.m. Monday.

He said the failure of that levee along the Wabash River near Prairieton about 10 miles south of Terre Haute is allowing floodwaters to drain into a mostly agricultural area, leaving 20 to 25 homes on a sort of temporary island reachable only by boat.

Kesler said a small levee along the Wabash River just west of Terre Haute in Dresser also has failed, leaving some homes in that town with water in their basements.