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Rain renews flood warnings in Fort Wayne area

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 9:00 am

Another day of steady rain has renewed flood warnings across much of northeast Indiana – including all of Allen County.

Based on radar estimates and spotter reports, the National Weather Service said at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday that 1-3 inches of rain had fallen across a large part of northern Indiana.

Weather service projections Wednesday morning showed that the rainfall Tuesday and Wednesday would cause minor flooding along the Maumee and St. Joseph rivers. Both rivers are projected to crest just a little above flood stage at around 8 a.m. Thursday. Crests are predicted as 17.3 feet on the Maumee at Fort Wayne, where the flood stage is 17 feet, and 13.7 feet on the St. Joseph near St. Joe, where flood stage is 12 feet.

Rainfall last week and in the last day has been lighter in the St. Marys River watershed, and that part of the region has been spared the heavier flooding most of the region has seen recently. The St. Marys at the Muldoon Road bridge never reached its flood stage of 14 feet last week. The river was still less than half that level Wednesday morning. The weather service had no projection of a crest on the slowly rising St. Marys.

In a flood warning issued Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said “continued excess runoff will continue to pond water in low spots. Many small streams and creeks, as well as basements and flood-prone streets and underpasses, will continue to flood through midday. Flooding will be especially likely in areas that experienced flooding last weekend,” the weather service said.