Flooding is likely in the WKVI listening area due to the recent heavy rainfall. The National Weather Services has issued a flood warning for the Tippecanoe River in Ora and above Winamac and for the Yellow River at Knox and Plymouth. The most immediate concern is the Tippy in the Monterey area, which is approaching the flood stage of 12 feet. It’s expected to rise above that stage tonight and crest at 13 feet around 8 a.m. EDT Sunday. At 13 feet the river begins to affect streets and homes in downtown Monterey. This crest compares to the May 18, 2009 flood when the Tippecanoe crested at 13.3 feet.
Minor flooding of the Yellow River in Knox is expected Sunday afternoon, when it’s expected to hit the 10 foot flood stage. As of 11 last night the river was at 7.4 feet and rising. It’s expected to crest at 10.1 feet early Monday morning before falling below flood stage Monday night. At 10 feet agricultural land and Wythogan Park in downtown Knox begin to flood.
The Yellow River is also rising in Plymouth. Last night it was at 10.2 feet and rising. Flood stage there is at 13 feet. It’s expected to rise above that tonight and crest at 13.9 feet tomorrow morning before falling below flood stage around noon. When the Yellow River hits 14 feet in Plymouth, a small trailer park near the Jefferson Street bridge begins to flood.
Remember, never drive through flood waters, as roads underneath may be washed out, and do not let children play in or near flood waters. I checked in with dispatchers in both Starke and Pulaski Counties before I went on the air, and neither had received any reports of flooding yet.
Remember, never drive through flood waters, as roads underneath may be washed out, and do not let children play in or near flood waters.