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West Lakes residents hopeful flooding won't repeat history

People living along the West Lakes will likely have to spend another Memorial Day weekend on land.

Posted: May 21, 2018 9:17 PM
Updated: May 21, 2018 10:18 PM

NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - People living along the West Lakes will likely have to spend another Memorial Day weekend on land.

That's because the lakes are flooding and the the DNR closed the lake chain in northern Noble County.

Water was over many seawalls and coming into people's yards Monday evening.

The floods last year set records, closing the lakes for most of the summer.

People living along the lakes are hoping this year, the water will go down faster so they can get on the water.

"I'm thinking the work we did last year really has paid off. We noticed that earlier this year when the water got high, the water came up and it went back down pretty fast. However this time, it just continuously, we got another inch of rain today," said Willie Kurtz.

Last year, residents cleared hundreds of log jams from the river down stream from the lakes to help the water flow out faster.

The DNR "no motor" order is in effect until farther notice.

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