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Allen County monitoring water levels for residents

Wet streets are a little hard to avoid after the rainfall we've been getting in Fort Wayne and Allen County, but crews are on high alert for water levels.

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 7:46 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 9:43 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A lot of residents are saying the drains have been doing the job and clearing up their path.

For those who live in the county or near the rivers, that flood water has been moving pretty fast causing closures.

Some of those closures include Parrott Road from Hartzell Road to Maplecrest and Maples Road from Grotian Road to the intersection.

"In this prolonged event, we've had less roads affected, but those that are affected have swift water. That flood of water moves quick. That flood of water can move your car. Six inches of water can knock you off your feet so it's not a place you want to be,"Bernie Biers said.

Biers is the Director of Homeland Security for Allen County.

If you can, avoid the rivers even in a boat.

The currents are full of fast moving debris, and if you're driving take your time.

Bier said you'll see less of the road closure signs standing in Allen County with only a handfull of roads left closed off thanks to the break of rain we had Tuesday giving the water system time to work.

Our aerial lying roads are usually short term to about 24 hours to about 36 hours before the water recedes. In this storm, with all the nice dry weather we had yesterday afternoon, it allowed those storm drains to empty out and prepare for the overnight rain," Biers said.

In the meantime, the city is providing sandbags to people who live in low lying areas.

"We have a number of residents who live in areas where they have seen flooding in the past, and anytime, there's heavy rain like that, there is tension for those homeowners," says Frank Suarez. "We put sand out if they needed bags, or to fill bags if they're trying to protect their property."

During the rainfall like we've seen, the combined sewer system does overflow, and it flows into the rivers.

If you have an issue where you see more water rising, Suarez advises calling 311.

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