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Verbatim: River basin residents invited to discuss flooding

Statement issued by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:

Local and state government groups, non-governmental organizations and members of the private sector that form the Indiana Silver Jackets (ISJ), and the Elkhart River Alliance will host a public open house from 6:00-8:30 p.m. EDT June 16 at the Rome City Elementary School to discuss findings of a new study about North Branch Elkhart River flooding.

Portions of the report are posted for public review on the National Silver Jackets' website.

Indiana Silver Jackets member agencies include the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana National Guard, Indiana University, Polis Center at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Maumee River Basin Commission, National Weather Service, Purdue University, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Geological Survey, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The completion of this report for the North Branch Elkhart River and the West Lakes watershed culminates efforts which began in the fall of 2009 and reveals unique relationships among several ecological factors, including topography, groundwater resources and lake levels, of the North Branch Elkhart River watershed and drainage basin.

The report draws on research from several decades, and suggests that while there is no single, feasible solution to stop all flooding, opportunities exist for gradually improving the situation.

Created in 2006, the Indiana Silver Jackets is a voluntary organization that strives to be a catalyst in developing comprehensive and sustainable solutions to protect life, property and resources from natural hazards.

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