FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP): Emergency management officials in four northeastern Indiana counties are making sandbags available to residents facing a threat of flooding from rain and melting snow.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the northern quarter of Indiana from Thursday morning through late Thursday. It says a combination of melting snow, moderate to locally heavy rainfall and a deeply frozen ground may cause flooding.
The weather service says up to an inch of rainfall is expected Thursday and an additional 1 to 2 inches of water could be released from the snow on the ground as it melts.
Officials in Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Allen, and Steuben counties announced they were making sandbags available for local residents.
Noble County residents needing sandbags can contact Michael (Mick) Newton, Noble County Emergency Management Director, at 260-347-7378. or 260-636-2938. Officials say they have a limited supply of pre-filled sandbags that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If those are gone residents may fill their own bags. They have some bag-filling devices to help you fill you own. Please call to get instruction on how to get sandbags.
Allen County officials say fill-them-yourself bags and sand will be available anytime until further notice inside the salt storage units at the highway department’s two maintenance facilities. The north facility is located at 2234 Carroll Road and the south facility is located at 8317 East Tillman Road. Sandbags are available on a first-come basis and you will need to bring your own shovel.
LaGrange County residents can get sandbags on North Walnut Street in LaGrange.
Huntington County officials are supplying sand bangs for public use at the Huntington County Community School Corp. Bus Terminal on State Road 5.
Steuben County residents can get sandbags at:
City of Angola Street Dept.
210 West Mill St
Town of Fremont Street Dept.
401 West Albion St
Town of Hamilton
3540 Rail Road Street
Steuben County Highway
1900 N County Road 200 W