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Friday, January 10, 2020 1:15 pm

Flood warnings issued for several area rivers

The Journal Gazette

Flood warnings have been issued or extended for several area rivers, the National Weather Service said today.

Moderate flooding is expected for these rivers in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio:

  • The Eel River at North Manchester was at 3.5 feet and steady at 10 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 11 feet. It is forecast to crest near 15.1 feet about 7 p.m. Sunday. The crest compares to a crest that occurred in July 2017.
  • The North Branch Elkhart River at Cosperville was at 5.1 feet and steady at 10 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 6 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 7.5 feet around 1 a.m. Tuesday, with additional rises possible thereafter. At 7 feet, the north end of Lakeview Drive is covered by water, and several houses have water to their foundations on Steinberger Lake Drive. The crest compares to a crest that occurred in February 2018.
  • The St. Marys River at Muldoon Bridge was at 3 feet and steady at 10 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 14 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 17.1 feet about 1 a.m. Monday. At 17 feet, some residents in the Winchester Road area may need to be evacuated, and property damage begins in some areas. The crest compares to a crest that occurred in March 2009.
  • The St. Joseph River near Newville was at 7.6 feet and falling at 10 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 12 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 15.2 feet around 1 a.m. Wednesday, with additional rises possible thereafter. The crest compares to a crest that occurred in April 2013.
  • The Wabash River near Bluffton was at 5.7 feet and rising at 11 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 10 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 14.2 feet around 1 a.m. Monday. At 14 feet flooding begins to affect residential areas in northern Bluffton. Low areas near the wastewater treatment plant begin to flood. Portions of Elm Grove Road and County Road 450 begin to flood. The cr4est compares to a crest that occurred in January 2013.
  • The Maumee River in Fort Wayne was at 4.8 feet and falling at 11 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 17 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 21.1 feet around 1 a.m. Tuesday. At 21 feet, an increasing number of city streets begin to flood, and evacuations are necessary in Riverhaven. The crest compares to a crest that occurred in June 2015.
  • The St. Joseph River near Fort Wayne was at 3 feet and falling at 10 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 12 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 18.3 feet about 7 p.m. Sunday. At 18 feet the city of Fort Wayne monitors all potential flood sites on the river, and some residents in low-lying areas and Canterbury Green Apartments will be affected by high water.
  • The St. Marys River near Decatur was at 7.6 feet and rising at 10 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 17 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 21.9 feet about 7 p.m. Monday. At 21.5 feet, high water affects Piqua Road, Ohio 49 and east-side Decatur streets. Residential flooding begins on East Jackson and Ogg streets, and Bellmont High School grounds begin flooding. The crest compares with a crest that occurred in May 2017.
  • The Tiffin River at Stryker, Ohio, was at 5.9 feet and falling at 10 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 11 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 16.4 feet about 1 a.m. Wednesday, with additional rises possible thereafter. The crest compares to a crest that occurred in February 2018.
  • The St. Joseph River below Montpelier was at 6.8 feet and steady at 9 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 12 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 14.2 feet at 5 a.m. Wednesday, with additional rises possible thereafter. At 14 feet County Road K southwest of Montpelier is flooded, and floodwaters affect the southeast side of Pioneer and cover large areas of lowland and agricultural land near the river. The crest compares to a crest that occurred in February 2008.

 


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