The Pulaski County Emergency Management Agency may soon once again have its own vehicle for use in emergency incidents. The EMA has reached an agreement to get its old pickup truck back from the Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading
Area rivers are under flood warnings as a result of this week’s snowfall. The flood warning has been extended for the Kankakee River at Davis Route 30 until further notice, which will affect LaPorte and Starke Counties. Officials say the stage was steady at 9.7 feet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, with minor flooding forecast. Pulaski County Emergency Management Agency Director Larry Hoover is also keeping an eye on the Tippecanoe River.
The latest potential flood outlook for counties in northern Indiana and southern lower Michigan has been released by the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana, indicating an increased risk of flooding later this week. Several factors will play a part in the possibly flooding, officials say, as widespread snow and ice contain a large quantity of stored water.
The Pulaski County Commissioners responded to a man who brought up some concerns during the public comment portion of their regular meeting Friday night. The man told the commissioners that he works with an auction company and he claimed the county sold items at auction without advertising the items to be sold.
Sunday’s storms, while devastating to some, only caused moderate damage in Pulaski County but left many residents without power for several hours. EMA Director Larry Hoover explained there were some severe effects, particularly by Medaryville, which were caused by two small tornadoes that had developed during the storm.
“We started out with the storm front coming in and we had two small tornadoes spin up out of there. We had some minor property damage; no personal injuries, fortunately. Obviously no deaths. We did have quite a large outage on power; Winamac was out probably until about 8 p.m. Medaryville got their power back about 7:30-ish this morning. Denham now has their power and the crews are working on finish up Ripley. Hopefully they’ll be done by 2 o’ clock this afternoon getting the power back on,” said Hoover.
Pulaski County Emergency Management Agency Director Larry Hoover and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Ron Patrick discussed military equipment at the commissioners’ recent meeting.
Hoover explained that the sheriff’s department and the EMA can use equipment no longer used by the military for various uses. Hoover talked with the commissioners about selling that equipment after a period of time.
The flooding situation in Pulaski County may not be as serious as previously thought.
Pulaski County Emergency Management Agency Director Larry Hoover said the National Weather Service has lowered expectations of flooding of the Tippecanoe River in the Ora and Winamac areas. Moderate flooding is forecast in Ora, but the river will not crest as high as predicted.
The Tippecanoe River near Ora reached near-record flooding levels as it crested at 14.65 feet; had the level been just more than a foot higher, it could have broken the record set in 2009. Fortunately, the river crested and is beginning to recede, but EMA Director Larry Hoover said the rains forecast later this week might cause it to rise back up again, so stay cautious. As of 2 p.m. yesterday, the river had lowered to 14.2 feet.