WEEKEND STORMS FROM JUNE

Thousands still powerless; river flooding continues

The Journal Gazette

More than 7,500 northeast Indiana I&M customers remained without power this morning after the weekend’s storms, and flooding continued on several area rivers.

As of 6:30 a.m., Indiana Michigan Power estimated 7,167 of its Allen County customers, or about 5 percent, were without power.The utility estimated 234 Noble County customers, or 2 percent, and 122 Huntington County customers, or 10 percent, had power out.

The Tiffin River near Stryker, Ohio, was forecast for major flooding, the National Weather Service said. It said moderate flooding was expected for the Maumee River in Fort Wayne, the St. Marys River near Decatur, the Maumee and Auglaize rivers near Defiance, Ohio, the St. Joseph River near Newville and the Little River above Huntington.

As of 9 p.m. Sunday, the Tiffin River was at 16.3 feet and rising near Stryker, the weather service said. Flood stage is 11 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 16.5 feet around 8 a.m. today and begin falling. At 16.5 feet, major flooding occurs in and around Stryker. A crest of 16 feet occurred in February 2008.

Other rivers expected to receive moderate flooding, according to the weather service:

MAUMEE RIVER, FORT WAYNE: At 9 p.m. Sunday the stage was 21.3 feet and rising. Flood stage is 17 feet. The river was forecast to fall below flood stage around 10 a.m. Thursday. At 21 feet, an increasing number of city streets begin to flood, the weather service said. Evacuations are necessary in Riverhaven, and numerous county roads are flooded.

ST. MARYS RIVER. DECATUR: At 9 p.m. Sunday the stage was 20.9 feet and falling. Flood stage is 17 feet. The river is forecast to fall below flood stage around 5 a.m. Thursday, the weather service said. At 20.5 feet, Indiana 101 north of Pleasant Mills is closed by floodwater, and extensive agricultural flooding is in progress.

MAUMEE RIVER. DEFIANCE. OHIO: At 1 a.m. today the stage was 18.5 feet and rising. Flood stage is 10 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 19 feet around 8 a.m. today and fall below flood stage around 9 a.m. Thursday. At 19 feet, east-side station pumps are activated, the weather service said.

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POSTED: 12/26/15 at 1:40 pm. FILED UNDER: News