Flood Threat Remains Along Rivers in Northern Indiana

Area emergency management directors are keeping an eye on water levels from last week’s rain and rapid snow melt.

Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery said the Yellow River crested and is on its way down. In Tippecanoe, the river is out of its banks along Blackford Drive and water is seeping into the back yards of properties that sit along that portion of the river. On Monday afternoon, the river level was at 13.97 feet; major flooding occurs at 14 feet. Avery is closely monitoring both rivers.

Avery noted that even though the temperatures won’t reach much above freezing this week, he remains vigilant in monitoring fields, roads and waterways with ice. The highway department is working hard to help break up icy spots on county roads. No significant snow or other precipitation is expected this week, which is good news.

Starke County EMA Director Ted Bombagetti said the Kankakee River is now on it’s way down after having reached flood stage. The Yellow River never reached a threatening level so Bombagetti said things are good there. He continues to monitor high water on roadways which is now iced over. He encourages all travelers to take caution as you travel in the area.

Pulaski County EMA Director Larry Hoover said the Tippecanoe River has crested and is creating high water situations for residents in the area, but the minor flooding has not displaced anyone from their homes. Residents are still to be cognizant of the areas around them and to watch for high water spots that will freeze over in these cold temperatures.