About the Locations
After completing a remarkable 75 days of filming inside on the
Palmdale set, the cast and crew moved to Huntingburg, Indiana
where they shot only one week for outdoor location sequences.
During the shooting, sandbags were piled up along Main Street,
which was then covered with several inches of water to reproduce
the first stages of the rising flood.
Producer Mark Gordon describes the choice of Huntingburg as the
setting for the film. "We were looking for a town that had
charm and felt comfortable," says Gordon, "so that the
audience would feel disappointed as the waters were destroying
the town. We didn't want it to be too picture-post-card perfect;
we wanted it to be like so many little towns across the United
By coincidence, notes Gordon, Huntingburg was the location for
another film, "A League of Their Own." Nearly two-thirds
of the town's population turned out for casting calls as extras.
Describing Huntingburg, Slater says, "It's actually pretty
amazing to come to this town and see it, after being on the set
in Palmdale. The crowds have been very supportive. They're wonderful
"It was very strange to finally be in Huntingburg,"
says screenwriter Graham Yost. "I wasn't involved in selecting
this location, but it's amazing how close it is to the fictitious
place I created in the script. Everything from the church to the
cemetery is ideal."
For the first time in Indiana history, a highway was closed to
traffic for filming when the junction of Main Street and Interstate
231 was flooded with water for exterior scenes. The bank vault
seen in the film is an actual vault, built in 1925 for a local
bank that later went broke in the Great Depression.
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