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Fort Wayne weather/flooding updates

Sandbags to be available at two city sites Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Street flooding

Fort Wayne Public Works and Utility staff are addressing a few street flooding issues that occurred Thursday morning from heavy rain and city residents will have access to sandbagging materials Thursday afternoon.

River levels remained low Thursday morning but some storm drains are blocked by ice and debris, which is causing high water in some streets across the city, according to City Utilities spokesman Frank Suarez. Residents are asked to check inlets in their neighborhoods and remove obstructions that might be preventing melted snow and rainwater from draining into the storm sewers. The city has more than 90,000 storm inlets.

Motorists should not try to drive through standing water in roads, the city warned.

Residents should call 311 to report high water. After business hours, residents should remain on the line for automated prompts to help them reach the sewer maintenance department.

Sandbags to be available

The Public Works Division is making additional sites available where residents can fill sandbags to protect their property. Residents will need to bring their own shovels to fill the bags. Sand will be available by 3 p.m. Thursday at:

*Northside Park – parking lot, Parnell Avenue near State Boulevard

*Ash Centre – parking lot, 1701 Freeman St.