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Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:52 am

Weather service: Several area rivers experiencing moderate flooding

The Journal Gazette

Several rivers in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio are experiencing moderate flooding this weekend, the National Weather Service said today.

In its flood statement, the weather service said:

  • The North Branch Elkhart River at Cosperville was at 5.7 feet and rising as of 9 a.m. Saturday; flood stage is 6 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 7.5 feet around 1 a.m. Tuesday, and additional rises are possible thereafter. At 7 feet, the north end of Lakeview Drive is covered by water, and several homes on Steinberger Lake Drive have water to their foundations.
  • The Eel River at North Manchester was at 5.7 feet and rising as of 9 a.m. Saturday; flood stage is 11 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 14.8 feet about 7 p.m. Sunday.
  • The Maumee River at Fort Wayne was at 9.3 feet and rising as of 8 a.m. Saturday; flood stage is 17 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 20.3 feet around 1 p.m. Monday.
  • The St. Joseph River near Newville was at 8.2 feet and rising as of 8 a.m. Saturday; flood stage is 12 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 14.3 feet about 1 p.m. Tuesday., and additional rises are possible thereafter. At 14 feet, significant flooding occurs on DeKalb County Road 42 northeast of Newville. Considerable lowland flooding occurs along the river to Cedarville Reservoir.
  • The St. Marys River at Muldoon Bridge was at 9.9 feet and rising as of 8 a.m. Saturday; flood stage is 14 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 17.1 feet about 7 p.m. Sunday. At 17 feet, some residents in the Winchester Road area may need to be evacuated, and property damage begins in some areas.
  • The St. Marys River near Decatur was at 16.7 feet and rising as of 8 a.m.; Saturday flood stage is 17 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 21.3 feet about 1 a.m. Monday, and additional rises are possible thereafter.
  • The St. Joseph River below Montpelier, Ohio, was at 6.8 feet and steady as of 9 a.m. Friday; flood stage is 12 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 13.5 feet about 7 a.m. Wednesday, and additional rises are possible thereafter.
  • The Tiffin River at Stryker, Ohio, was at 6.4 feet and rising as of 8 a.m. Saturday; flood stage is 11 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 15.4 feet about 1 a.m. Wednesday, and additional rises are possible thereafter.
  • The Little River above Huntington was at 7 feet and rising at 10 p.m. Friday; flood stage is 15 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 17.6 feet about noon Sunday. This crest compares to a crest in May 2011.

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