City monitoring river levels, shuts down pumps as waters crest

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne City Utilities has turned off pumps in several neighborhoods.

Friday, workers placed ten pumps in low-lying areas. Saturday morning the number of pumps needed had decreased to four, but pumps are no longer needed.

Officials said the Saint Mary’s River is expected to crest Sunday.

Even though forecasts for river crests have been downgraded, the Street Department built a clay dike along Thieme Drive to protect the West Central Neighborhood. Thieme will be closed to through traffic between Main Street and Washington Boulevard until further notice.

The Street Department has placed sandbags and sand at two locations prone to flooding. Residents can take the sand but must bring their own shovel and fill the bags. Sand is available at the following locations.

  • Ash Centre parking lot at 1701 Freeman St.
  • Southwest Conservation Club at 5703 Bluffton Rd.

City Utilities reminds residents to check stormwater drains and keep them clear of trash, leaves and other debris. The drains need to be clear so rain can leave neighborhood streets.