Sandbags being filled for Warsaw flooding

The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department officers and several city department workers fill sandbags for local flooding. (Photo courtesy of the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department)

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and Warsaw Fire, Street, Cemetery, and Parks departments are currently filling sandbags to deal with flooding. A sandbagging station is also available at the Kosciusko County Highway facility on Old Road 30 at 300 East.

Kosciusko County Sheriff William Rocky Goshert would like county residents to be aware of the dangers that are present in the area’s flooding, according to a sheriff’s department news release. Drivers should be aware to never drive onto flooded roads, and always find alternate routes to their destinations when traveling.

In Elkhart and Goshen 24 miles north of Warsaw, local officials declared a state of emergency and asked that traffic be limited to first responders and emergency personnel. Indiana University-South Bend canceled Thursday classes, and residents of a student apartment complex were encouraged to leave, according to The Associated Press.

Flooding will continue Thursday in northern Indiana, northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan, but some locations will see water recede, according to the National Weather Service.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security recommends in areas where flooding is occurring:

• Do not walk or drive through flooded areas. Flood waters can hide a washed out road or walkway. A few inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry away an adult. A foot of fast-moving water can carry away a small car. Two feet of fast-moving water can carry away larger vehicles such as SUVs, vans or trucks. If a road is closed, obey traffic signs and find another route.

• Follow the directions of public safety officials. That includes evacuation orders, road closures or requests to stay at home or stay away from certain areas. Public officials give orders for public well-being. Follow their guidance.