Major flooding of the Tippecanoe River near Ora is expected before it finally crests. As of 2 a.m. the river was at 14 feet and steady. At 14 feet extensive flooding of residential and low-lying areas occurs. The Tippy is expected to crest near 14.2 feet around 1 a.m. tomorrow and start falling. The flood stage in that area is 12 feet. This flood compares to last June 3, when the Tippecanoe River at Ora crested at 14.6 feet. The Kankakee River at Davis-Route 30 is also out of its banks. The flood warning for that area is in effect until Thursday morning. As of 2 a.m. today the Kankakee was at 10.4 feet and steady, with minor flooding occurring. The flood stage in that area is 10 feet, at which minor flooding of low-lying agriculture areas begins. The river is expected to fall below flood stage around 6 Wednesday morning. Last June 30 the Kankakee River at Davis-Route 30 crested at 10.1 feet.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.