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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette A man drives his truck through the intersection of Executive Boulevard and Directors Row Tuesday afternoon.

  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne received 3 inches Tuesday morning with more to come.

  • Courtesy: Ivy Tech

  • Courtesy: Ivy Tech

  • Courtesy: Ivy Tech

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 12:30 pm

Morning rain causes chaos in the Summit City

ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ and ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Thunderstorms with heavy rain brought power outages, flooded roads and intersections and canceled classes at Ivy Tech's North Campus in Fort Wayne this morning.

Trained National Weather Service spotters in the Fort Wayne area reported between 2.64 and 4.70 inches between about 6:45 and 11:30 a.m.

The weather service issued flash flood warnings for downtown Fort Wayne and the Leo-Cedarville-Grabill area in northeast Allen County around 8:30 a.m. and urged motorists not to drive through standing water.

Power outages affected New Haven High School and Central Lutheran School in New Haven and Glenbrook Square in Fort Wayne.

Tracy Warner, spokesman for Indiana Michigan Power, said about 3,300 customers in New Haven were without power  beginning around 8 a.m. He said power should be restored shortly after noon.

The Glenbrook outage was caused by a tripped circuit breaker at a substation near the mall that may have malfunctioned after a lightning strike, he said. Power was out between 8:30 and 9:50 a.m., he said.

The mall opened on time, General Manager Brian Cote reported. 

Ivy Tech's Fort Wayne's North Campus canceled Tuesday classes because of flooding in buildings, according to a news release. Classes at the Student Life Center, Harshman Hall, Technology Center and Carroll Hall were affected.

Employees were dismissed with exception of security, facilities and leadership, a news release said.

It indicated North Campus was on lockdown Monday morning for safety reasons and that more information would be communicated to students and employees as the flooding situation is assessed.

IPFW also experienced flooding, but it has not affected classes or other campus activities, spokeswoman Kimberly Wagner said in an email.

Commuters, drivers and school buses found they needed to skirt problems with ponding water.

At Fort Wayne Community Schools, the weather created busing delays for the high schools, spokeswoman Krista Stockman said in an email.

"The late buses would be caused in large part by flash flooding of roadways, which requires finding alternate routes and other traffic issues," she said.

Phones were out at New Haven High for much of the morning. Power was restored shortly before noon, officials reported.

rsalter@jg.net