Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Flooding help needed

Volunteers Wanted

(Fort Wayne - WANE) The City of Fort Wayne is asking for volunteers to help fill sandbags to aid in flood-fighting efforts. Volunteers should report to the Street Department located at 1701 S. Lafayette Street. Volunteers will be needed throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Earlier on Wednesday, an Emergency Operations Center was activated and crews began to monitor levels on the Maumee and St. Mary's rivers.

Clay levee construction and sandbagging has begun at the Ross-Michaels area at Superior Street, the Woodhurst Neighborhood, Berry and Thieme and the NIPSCO parking lot.

Automated phone calls are being made to alert residents of flooded areas.

Four areas have been set up where people can make sandbags. The Street Department has placed sand and bags at the following locations:

- Portage Middle School - 3521 Taylor St.

- Broadview Florist - 5409 Winchester Rd.

- Taylor University - 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd. (parking lot on the south side of Rudisill)

- Southwest Conservation Club - 5701 Bluffton Rd.

Anyone with questions related to flooding can call 311.

The National Weather Service predicts the St. Mary's River will crest at 17.4 feet at 1 a.m. on Thursday. The Maumee is expected to crest at 24 feet at midnight Friday, and the St. Joe River is expected to crest at 17.3 feet early Thursday.

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