Area drying out after days of heavy rains

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A week after three days of heavy rains brought on significant flooding around the area, drier weather has brought relief to residents around northeast Indiana.

Just more than 2 inches of rain fell in Fort Wayne last week, from Monday through Wednesday, with more than 3 inches north and west of the city. Farther west, more than 4 inches of rain fell.

Those rains left numerous streets and roadways underwater, and forced city and county officials to make sandbags available to residents.

The Fort Wayne Street Department placed sand and empty bags at two locations in areas prone to flooding.

  • Ash Center: 1701 Freeman Street
  • Southwest Conservation Club: 5703 Bluffton Road

The Allen County Highway Department had sand and bags available at its south highway garage at 8317 Tillman Road near I-469.

Residents were asked to bring their own shovel and transportation to get the filled sandbags to their desired location.

City and county crews also worked since Monday to protect neighborhoods from potential flooding and backups as heavy rains hit the area for the third straight day. Fort Wayne City Utilities spokesman Frank Suarez said since Monday, that crews had placed 12 pumps in neighborhoods prone to street flooding. As of early Wednesday, six pumps were activated and the others on standby, if needed.

Pumps were located at:

    • Hartman Road (pumping)
    • Wheaton Drive (Harris Elementary School) (pumping)
    • Vesey Park (pumping)
    • Hemlock and Knightsway (pumping)
    • Gardendale/Decatur Road (pumping)
    • Science Central (pumping)
    • Beadell Street (placed)
    • Tillman Road/Calhoun Street (placed)
    • Belle Vista Boulevard/Corvalis Avenue (placed)
    • Fernwood Avenue/Dalevue Drive (placed)
    • Old Mill Road/W. Fairfax Avenue (placed)
    • Bar Street (at the river) (placed)


South River Road in River Haven is shown on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.


As of Monday morning, Allen County spokesman Michael Green said the county highway department had reported a number of county roads were impacted by high water due to heavy rain. Roads impacted by flooding and closed include:

  • Portola Avenue from Prize Street to S. River Rd.
  • River Road from Madge Avenue to Prize Street
  • Parrott Road from Hartzell Road to Maplecrest Road

Motorists were urged to drive with caution and not attempt to drive through high water. Residents were also told to avoid the rivers, even in a boat, as the currents are dangerous and the rivers are full of fast-moving debris.

NewsChannel 15’s Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team meteorologists reported that due to the heavy rainfall that came down, there were a number of flood alerts across the region.

The Fort Wayne Public Works Division was also continuously monitoring river levels, Suarez said.

Most river levels continued to rise until Friday, with minor to moderate flooding. Mostly farm fields and low lying areas near these rivers were affected by the flooding.

Fort Wayne residents were also asked to keep stormwater drains clear of debris and trash, and motorists were told to avoid driving through flooded roadways.