Heavy rain causes flooding, road closures

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Flooding early Friday morning caused some roads to close and emergency crews to warn drivers to not go through high water. Crews continued to work Saturday to clear roads from flooding and damage caused after two days of rainfall. 

Travel Advisories

Huntington County is listed as being under a travel advisory as of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the lowest level of advisory. Stay updated on county travel statuses on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security site here. 

One of the hardest hit areas, Blackford County, is no longer under any advisories.

Many cars have been forced to turn around after flooding closed Bass Road.
Many cars have been forced to turn around after flooding closed Bass Road.

According to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the following roads in Allen County are closed as of 2:30 p.m. Saturday due to flooding:

  • Bass Road between Hadley and Scott Road
  • Arcola Road between Yellowriver and Oday
  • South Wayne Avenue and Creighton Avenue
  • Dickie Road North of Aboite Center Road
  • Maple Grove and Arlington Avenue between Sherwood Terrace and Arlington Avenue
  • Ellison Rd. from Liberty Mills Rd. to Branstrator Rd.
  • Aboite Center Rd. & W. Hamilton Rd. intersection
  • Branstrator Rd. from Lower Huntington Rd. to Yohne Rd.
  • Yohne Rd. from Smith Rd. to Branstrator Rd.
  • Smith Rd. from Knoll Rd. to Lower Huntington Rd.




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In Fort Wayne, crews worked all day to fill a giant hole that was created by the overnight downpour. Storm drainage systems couldn’t keep up with the rain and the sand that the road was built over washed away. Allen County Highway Department Director Bill Hartman said he had never seen anything like it in his 40 years on the job.

“It can be very dangerous,” Hartman said. “This could cave in at any time, one lane of the road could just disappear at anytime because it’s undermined a couple feet back under the edge of the road right now.”

Smith Road was closed early in the morning until 5 p.m. Friday evening. It took about 100 loads of gravel to fill the hole created by the floodwaters.

It takes six inches of water to reach the bottoms of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.

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