SALEM, Ind. — Officials have identified about 50 homes and business hit by flash flooding in a southern Indiana community where damage costs could reach $10 million.

Semitrailers and cars were swept into a downtown Salem riverbed when about 6 inches of rain quickly fell May 19.

Salem community development Greg Fitzloff tells the (Jeffersonville) News and Tribune ( ) that the Blue River rose by 14 feet and that some businesses lost all their inventory as up to 7 feet of water entered some buildings. Fitzloff says officials aren’t certain whether some damaged buildings can be saved in the city about 35 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb this week requested federal approval of low-interest disaster loans for residents and businesses in the Salem area.

Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind.,

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