Flood Warning Issued For Walkerton Area

February 21, 2018

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Walkerton Area. This warning signifies a longer duration and more gradual flooding in the area ponds, rivers, and streams of Michiana. Floods usually begin after 6 hours of excessive rainfall. They are issued by the local National Weather Service Forecast Office for 6 hours or less: 

 

Posted 6 hours ago

 

"...A FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11:45 PM EST THURSDAY/10:45 PM CST THURSDAY/ FOR
ELKHART...ST. JOSEPH...NORTHERN KOSCIUSKO...STARKE...LAGRANGE...
MARSHALL...LA PORTE...CASS...ST. JOSEPH AND BERRIEN COUNTIES..."

 

 

Cindy Eastman photographed this car at flooded US 6 near Sage Rd. today.

 

 

At 11:08 AM EST/10:08 AM CST/, trained weather spotters and many others reported widespread flooding across the warned area including much of northwest Indiana and far southwest Lower Michigan. Storm total rainfall amounts since Sunday evening were generally between 3 and 6 inches with locally 6 to 7 inches around the South Bend area.

 

            Quince Rd. -Photographed by Cindy Eastman today. 

      US 6 at US 31   - Photographed by Cindy Eastman today.

 

 

Many roads remain closed. US 6 is flooded both ways between Walkerton and LaPaz and is blocked.  Others remain open with water impeding traffic on one or more lanes. Water rescues due to high water have been reported since the flooding began. Many rivers are approaching record stages. The Kankakee and Pine Creek are over their banks!  Please see the individual river forecasts for more detailed information.

 

Water was encroaching on many homes and some businesses.
Some locations that will experience flooding include...
South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Goshen, Michigan City, LaPorte, Warsaw, Niles, Sturgis, Benton Harbor, Plymouth, St. Joseph, Three Rivers, Nappanee, Dowagiac, Westville, Winona Lake, Bremen, Buchanan and Knox.

 

 

Recommended actions:

 

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
Stay away or be swept away. River banks and culverts can become unstable and unsafe!

 

According to Cindy Eastman, "It took me over an hour to get home from LaPaz because they shut the road down after I passed through. I had to detour multiple streets to get home. It is bad. I only live 3 miles west of LaPaz on Quince, and 6 near Teegarden."

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