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Heed The Warnings: Flooding Causes Closings & Hazards

By Peter Neumann
By Aaron Dohring
By Jeff Neumeyer

Credit: Jenny Lichtsinn

Heed The Warnings: Flooding Causes Closings & Hazards

January 14, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM EDT

NORTHEAST INDIANA (www.incnow.tv) --- According to the National Weather Service, most flash flooding deaths are vehicle related.

Flooding shut down travel Monday on a handful of roads in southern Allen County.

We normally worry about snow, ice and bitter cold in January.

High water is the bigger headache right now.

The driver of a red SUV into high on a stretch of S. County Line Road between U.S. 27 and Winchester Road, and the vehicle got stuck.

A tow truck driver was called to hitch up and pull it to safety.

Nobody was hurt.

Closeby, on Marion Center Road, a sign saying "one lane bridge" was misleading, because high water covered over all the lanes getting to the bridge.

The problems are mostly along the St. Marys River flowing in from the south.

" Most of the water is coming out of Adams County, Decatur and down in that area. They had I guess three inches of rain down in Adams County,” said Ben Ridenour, Allen County’s south district highway supervisor.

“ The roads will flood around the bridges and that helps the bridges from washing out. The water has got to go somewhere," said Ridenour.

Flooding also caused road closings on parts of Bostic Road, Paulding Road and Morgan Road.

The warnings come almost every time we get a flooding event.

Officials say it only takes about six inches of water to cause a car to stall.

A foot of water can cause a vehicle to float.

Despite the best efforts to deter reckless behavior, oftentimes motorists simply ignore the warnings.

" You should never go down it, but a lot of the people that live out in this area, they think they are invincible. They can drive through anything. People just got to understand, you don't drive through water," Ridenour said.

It’s a lesson that sometimes is a hard one to learn.

In Allen County, south County Line Road remains closed between US27 and Winchester Road, along with Marion Center between US27 and Winchester... Bostic between South Anthony Extended and US27... Paulding between Moore and Morgan, and Morgan between Castleman and Paulding.

A portion of US24 is closed in Adams County because of flooding.

The St. Mary's River there is expected to peak this afternoon at 23-point-3 feet.

In Grant County and the city of Marion there are major flooding concerns because of the already swollen Mississinewa River.

Rains and snow-melt is to blame.

A 19-year old Ball State student reportedly died in Grant County this weekend when his car left the road and went into a flooded field.




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