VIDEO and PHOTOS: City of Fort Wayne and Allen County making sand available for sandbags as floodwaters affect local roads

The St. Joseph River pours through the dam about mid-day Tuesday at Johnny Appleseed Park in Fort Wayne. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Rising water from the St. Marys River surrounds a disc golf hole and creeps toward the entry drive about mid-day Tuesday in Swinney Park in Fort Wayne. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
The St. Marys River spills out of its banks about mid-day Tuesday in Swinney Park in downtown Fort Wayne. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
The end of the dock is well under water about mid-day Tuesday at the St. Marys River boat launch at Guldlin Park just west of downtown Fort Wayne. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
The St. Joseph River, background, creeps toward the playground ship about mid-day Tuesday in Johnny Appleseed Park. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

The Fort Wayne Street Department and Allen County Highway Department have piled sand at three locations for residents who want to come and fill sandbags for use protecting their home or property from rising waters caused by ongoing rains.

About 1 to 1.5 inches of rain fell on Fort Wayne Monday, and another 2.5 inches is possible today and tonight, the city said in a news release sent out at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Sand for sandbags is available at:

* Ash Centre parking lot, 1701 Freeman St.

* Southwest Conservation Club, 5703 Bluffton Road

* Allen County Highway Department’s South Barn, 8317 Tillman Road. Sand is located inside the salt storage units, and sandbags are available on a first-come, first-served basis, an Allen County news release said.

Residents must bring their own shovels and fill their own sandbags, both the city and county said.

As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Allen County Highway Department reported the following roads are affected by high water:

• Paulding Road from Morgan Road to State Line Road (new)

• Grissamer Road, from Wesley Chapel Road to U.S. 33

• Griffin Road, from Auburn Road to Hollopeter Road

• Cook Road, from Butt Road to Felger Road

• Fogel Road, from County Line Road to McComb Road

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People should drive with caution and avoid trying to drive through high water, the county news release said. People also are asked to avoid going out on local rivers in a boat or watercraft because of the dangerous currents and fast-moving debris.

CITY PROTECTION PLANNING

Crews from City Utilities and the city’s Division of Public Works continue to monitor flooding and are trying to anticipate where problems may occur, the news release said.

Monday, City Utilities placed eight pumps in neighborhoods prone to flooding, and four pumps ran overnight, the news release said. Pump locations and those currently pumping are:

* Hartman Road (pumping)

* Wheaton Drive (Harris Elementary School) (pumping)

* Vesey Park (pumping)

* Hemlock and Knightsway (pumping)

* Gardendale Avenue and Decatur Road (pumping)

* Tillman Road/Calhoun Street

* Belle Vista Boulevard/Corvalis Avenue

* Fernwood Avenue/Dalevue Drive

* Old Mill Road/W. Fairfax Avenue

* Barr Street at the river

City residents are asked to keep stormwater drains cleared of trash, leaves and debris so rain can drain off neighborhood streets, the city news release said. People also should avoid driving through flooded roadways.

People can monitor rain and river levels by going to riverwatch.cityoffortwayne.org.

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