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Concord H.S. Performing Arts Wing Damaged By Rain

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Concord Community Schools released information today indicating that heavy rain Sunday damaged the school's Beickman Performing Arts Center, classrooms and offices. 

Two-Year-Old Dies On Flooded Road In Indiana

May 2, 2019
Indiana State Police

This is from the Indiana State Police:

Wabash County – Today, at approximately 1:40 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources responded to a 911 call reporting an occupied, submerged, vehicle on Wabash County Road 925 South east of State Road 13. 

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Heavy rainfall over the last few days is causing some minor flooding in the area.

According to NOAA hydrology forecasts rivers in the area expected to crest on Thursday. Most will be in minor flooding territory, though the Elkhart River at Goshen is expected to crest with moderate flooding.

Early this spring, parts of the Midwest saw record flooding. With climate change, Indiana’s winters and springs are only going to get wetter. 

Future Of Flood Damaged Niles Park Uncertain

Apr 16, 2019
Jennifer Weingart/WVPE

NILES, Mich. (AP) — The city of Niles is trying to decide what to do about a popular park that's been closed for more than a year due to flood damage.

Island Park in the St. Joseph River had been affected by earlier floods, but the severe February 2018 flooding deposited muck 2 feet (0.6 meters) deep and twisted a bridge used to access it. The park remains closed and a gate at the bridge entrance is padlocked.

Weeks after heavy rains flooded many parts of Indiana, people living in two Bartholomew County neighborhoods still have water in their homes and yards. They say drainage issues are to blame and want the county to fix them. 

After last week’s subzero temperatures and a swing that starts this week near fifty above zero, some local emergency management officials are worried about flooding.

Fast thawing, potential rainfall and ice floes in rivers diverting water could cause some flooding in prone areas. Officials are not concerned that this will be as bad as flooding that happened last February.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

 The three disaster recovery centers set up in Indiana after record late winter flooding will close permanently this Saturday.

The centers in South Bend, Elkhart and Utica were created to help people impacted by the flooding fill out applications for assistance through FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state.

Applications and assistance will still be available online and by phone. The centers will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. then will close.

 

Jennifer Weingart

 

Three months after February’s record breaking floods, Michiana is still cleaning up the mess left behind. Disaster centers in the region are working to help residents with recovery efforts.

The FEMA disaster recovery centers in Elkhart and South Bend have only been open for about a month. So far $2.3 million dollars in aid has been handed out to nearly 1,900 registrants.

Jennifer Weingart

 

While Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Northern Indiana on Wednesday he visited the FEMA disaster assistance center in Elkhart.

The center in Elkhart is one of three in Northern Indiana providing help for those impacted by record flooding in late February.

Residents can apply for FEMA assistance, or for loans and help from the U.S. Small Business Association.

Holcomb greeted all the workers in the center, as well as a few people getting assistance.

 

Showers and thunderstorms dumped rain across Michiana this weekend and still are today.

Experts say the area might see some flooding but nothing like February.

 

Michiana has seen several inches of rain in the last couple days with more on the way this evening.

Sam Lashley is a senior meteorologist with the national weather service. He says so far flooding has been minor.

Michael Linville / WVPE

 

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb formally requested federal assistance for counties affected by February's flooding.
 

The disaster request, from the Governor’s office, addressed to the President of the United States, was sent out Friday, after the state was granted an extension to gather information.

 

 

This season’s weather has been particularly bad for potholes, and recent historic flooding has not helped road conditions.

This winter there has been a lot of freeze and thaw. This creates a lot of potholes, as anyone driving in Michiana has noticed.

Marty Morgan is the street commissioner for the City of Elkhart. He says besides ordinary potholes there have been streets ruined and potholes created by the recent flooding.

The state of Indiana has set up three assistance centers to help people with flood recovery.

 

The centers in Elkhart, Lake and Jasper Counties are meant to be a one stop shop for information and help with flooding recovery.

Spokesperson Amber Kent says the state is trying to make things easier for those impacted by the flooding.

“It’s so very frustrating to go from place to place to place, we tried to bring all of those resources together into one location.”

The state of Indiana has set up three assistance centers to help people with flood recovery.

 

The centers in Elkhart, Lake and Jasper Counties are meant to be a one stop shop for information and help with flooding recovery.

Spokesperson Amber Kent says the state is trying to make things easier for those impacted by the flooding.

“It’s so very frustrating to go from place to place to place, we tried to bring all of those resources together into one location.”

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