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"Motorists should not attempt to drive through standing water in roadways."

Some Fort Wayne streets flood; sand, bags offered

Statement as issued late Thursday morning by Fort Wayne city officials:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Public Works and Utility staff are addressing a few street flooding issues that occurred this morning due to this morning’s heavy rain. River levels remain low today but because some storm drains are blocked by ice and debris there is higher water in some streets across the City.

Residents are asked to check inlets in their neighborhoods and remove obstructions that might be blocking the flow of melted snow and rainwater from getting into the storm sewers. The City has more than 90,000 storm inlets.

Motorists should not attempt to drive through standing water in roadways.

Residents should call 311 to report high water. If it’s after hours, residents should remain on the line and the automated prompts will help them reach the sewer maintenance department.

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 3:00 p.m. today at the following locations:

  • Northside Park – parking lot, Parnell Avenue
  • Ash Centre – parking lot, 1701 Freeman Street

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