Rainfall causes area road closures and delays

LATEST UPDATE:  02/22/18 @ 10:07 a.m.

NOBLE COUNTY – The latest rainfall combined with melted snow has made for some dangerous travel conditions on our roadways.  There have been multiple reports of standing water and roadways becoming flooded.  Schools have been delayed and motorists have had to find alternate routes to go to and from work, school and home.

As of this morning, (Tuesday, February 21st, 2018), the Rome City Conservancy District is monitoring the Sylvan Lake water level and has issued a Level 3 Watch Event. There is flooding currently along Middle Branch Elkhart River, Waldron Lake and the rest of the West Lakes Chain could flood.  We have confirmed that sandbags are currently available in Rome City at the Street Department.

As of 4 p.m., the Flood Warning continues for the North Branch Elkhart River at Cosperville until further notice.  The stage was 6.8 feet and rising. Minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecasted.  The ricer will rise to a crest near 7.3 feet around 1pm Thursday, February. 22nd and begin falling.  At 7 feet the north end of Lakeview Drive is covered by water.  Several houses have water to there foundation on Steinberger Lake Drive.

Following are just some of the road closures in our area that you can expect:

NOBLE COUNTY – Iddings Street at Vine Street
Freeman Street at Lake Avenue
600 N east of SR9
SR 5 from 900N-1100N
850N from 175E-SR 9
600S from 300E-400E
500S from 400E-500E
200N at 750E

DEKALB COUNTY – CR60 between SR 427 and I-69
SR 1 between 65 and 65A
SR 327 North of CR 28
SR 8 East of Newville
CR 12 between CR 53 and CR 57
CR 39 between 38 and 40A
CR 7 North of CR 52

LAGRANGE COUNTY – Sand and bags are currently available at the Street Department.

County Road 725 W is closed from State Rd 120 to County Road 650 N.
County Road 400 E is closed from County Road 250 N to County Road 400 N.
County Road 400 N is closed from County Road 100 E to County Road 200 E.
County Road 100 W is closed from County Road 200 N to County Road 300 N.
County Road 1050 E is closed from US 20 to County Road 100 S.
State Road 5 is closed from County Road 250 N (Middlebury St) to County Road 450 N.
County Road 450 W is closed from US 20 to County Road 100 N.
County Road 290 W is closed from State Road 120 to County Road 300 W (along Pigeon Lake).

Please be sure NOT to drive through standing water or go around any barricades or signs that may be up to show there is high water. Be extra cautious during the nighttime hours.

Stay safe and turn around; take an alternate route.