FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP): A winter of record snowfalls in Fort Wayne is fueling concerns that Indiana's second-largest city could see destructive spring flooding if heavy rains quickly melt away the snow cover.
That's what happened to Fort Wayne in March 1982, when severe flooding brought the city national attention and President Reagan helped in sandbagging efforts during a visit to the city.
But city officials tell The News-Sentinel Fort Wayne is better equipped than in 1982 to weather the results of spring snow runoff.
The National Weather Service says more than 2 1/2 feet of snow fell last month on Fort Wayne, making it the city's snowiest month on record.
Much of that snow has melted away, but many locations in northeast Indiana now have a foot or more of snow.