UPDATE: City crews battle flash flooding, roads closed, homes evacuated

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO/AP): Heavy rains are causing flash flooding on streets throughout Fort Wayne.  City crews are operating pumps to alleviate street flooding and protect residents.

According to Frank Suarez with City Utilities, ten pumps are operating in low-lying areas prone to flooding as Allen County, along with Adams and Van Wert Counties, are under a Flood Advisory and will be until 10:45 a.m., Thursday.

Crews began working on flood issues late Wednesday afternoon and additional city crews were called in later in the evening. They have been working through the night to clear drains and respond to flooded areas.

Fort Wayne fire department spokesman Adam O’Connor says firefighters also used rafts to remove some elderly residents from low-lying homes on the city’s southeast side following Wednesday’s rainfall.

American Electric Power crews went house to house shutting off power to the area after more than an inch of rain fell, flooding underpasses and other low-lying areas.

If residents can safely clear debris that is clogging street drains by using a tool like a rake or shovel, they may want to do so to protect their neighborhoods from street flooding and sewer back-ups.

Drivers should also not attempt to drive through water that is across the road.  The flooded roadways are creating hazardous driving conditions. You are being urged to use extreme caution.

Stay tuned to WOWO for more updates and be sure and text the word NEWS to 46862 to have weather alerts sent directly to your mobile device.

Meanwhile, if residents have home flooding they should call 311 and listen to the prompts to reach sewer maintenance. If there is an emergency such as downed power lines or medical issues residents should call 911.

As of 10:00 a.m., the Allen County Highway Department reports the following roads affected by high water due to heavy rain:

  • Wappes Rd between N. County Line Rd & McComb Rd – CLOSED
  • Hurshtown Rd @ State Line Rd – CLOSED
  • Arcola Rd between Yellow River Rd & O’Day Rd – CLOSED
  • Branstrator Rd. @ Yohne Rd. – High Water
  • Branstrator Rd. between Airport Expressway & Lwr. Huntington Rd. – High Water
  • Ellison Rd. between Branstrator Rd. & US 24 – High Water
  • Ferguson Rd. between Bluffton Rd. & Winchester Rd. – High Water
  • Franke Rd. @ Hoffman Rd. – High Water
  • Franke Rd. @ Maples Rd. – High Water
  • Hartzell Rd. @ Seiler Rd. – all 4 directions – Closed
  • Maples Rd. between Franke Rd. & Minnich Rd. – Closed
  • Monroeville Rd. between Marion Ctr. Rd. & Trentman Rd. – High Water
  • Monroeville Rd. between Whittern Rd. & Monroeville City Limits – Closed
  • Parrott Rd. between Hartzell Rd. & Maplecrest Rd. – Closed
  • Paulding Rd. between Doyle Rd. & Minnich Rd. – Closed
  • Whittern Rd. between Flatrock Rd. & Monroeville Rd. – Closed
  • Fogel Rd between McComb Rd and N. County Line Rd – Closed!
  • Fogel Rd between N. County Line Rd & McComb Rd – CLOSED
  • Klopfenstein Rd between Page Rd & Springfield Center Rd – High Water
  • North River Road between Metter Rd & Husted Rd – High Water
  • Tonkel Road between Garman Rd & N. Co. Line Rd – High Water
  • Amstutz Road between Schlatter Rd & Garman Rd – High Water
  • Auburn Road between Pion Rd & Hursh Rd – High Water
  • O’Day Rd between Arcola Rd & Yellow River\ Rd – High Water
  • O’Day Rd between Arcola Rd & Leesburg Rd – High Water
  • Carroll Rd between Johnson Rd & Hand Rd – High Water
  • Carroll RD between Valentine Rd & Ray Rd – High Water
  • Carroll Rd between US33 & N. County Line Rd – High Water
  • Cook Rd between Butt Rd & Felger Rd – High Water
  • Yellow River Rd between O’Day Rd & Arcola Rd – High Water
  • O’Day Rd between Yellow River Rd & Leesburg Rd – High Water
  • Fritz Rd between Wallen Rd & Cook Rd – High Water
  • Hand Rd between Woods Road & Shaoff Road – High Water
  • Wappes Rd between McComb Rd & Greenwell Rd – High Water
  • Old Lima Road between Simon Rd & SR3 – High Water
  • Vandolah Rd between Tonkel Rd & Auburn Rd – High Water
  • Schlatter Rd between Viberg Rd & Tonkel Rd – High Water
  • Bull Rapids Rd between Ehle Rd & Ward Rd – High Water
  • Ehle Rd between Bull Rapids & Intersection – High Water
  • Flaugh Rd & Leesburg Rd – High Water

 

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