ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): Elevated flooding concerns are the focus this week, as rainfall will continue through Wednesday evening, with the heaviest amounts north of US-24.
Many areas have already received over an inch of rain and additional amounts of 1-4 inches are expected through Wednesday. This will cause moderate river flooding and major river flooding is possible in some locations through the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Locally, the Allen County Highway Department has made sand and sand bags available to residents at their South Highway Barn location at 8317 Tillman Road, near I-469. Residents are reminded to bring their own shovel, a friend to help fill the sand bags, and a vehicle to transport them in.
Now is the time to prepare for high water this week. Sand and sand bags are available for residents at the AC Highway Barn South, 8317 Tillman Rd 24 hrs until flooding threat is over. pic.twitter.com/soDeEp8G8j
— AC Homeland Security (@ACHomeland) February 19, 2018
City Utilities crews are also working to protect neighborhoods from the potential of street flooding and back-ups. As a precaution, crews have placed eight pumps in neighborhoods prone to street flooding. Four of those pumps are operating at this hour.
- Hartman Road (pumping)
- Wheaton Drive (Harris Elementary School) (pumping)
- Vesey Park (pumping)
- Hemlock and Knightsway (pumping)
- Tillman Road/Calhoun Street
- Belle Vista Boulevard/Corvalis Avenue
- Fernwood Avenue/Dalevue Drive
- Old Mill Road/W. Fairfax Avenue
The Public Works Division is monitoring river levels and additional pumps are on-hand should they be needed.
Meantime the timing of river crests will vary, as it takes time for them to respond. Some are not forecasted to crest until Friday. Otherwise, expect ponding of water over the roadways and in low lying agricultural areas.