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Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Flood water covers the roadway on County Road 1100 North outside Roanoke on Friday after persistent rain showers dumped more than 2 inches of rain on the area Thursday and into the early morning hours Friday.

Rivers level off; flooding less than predicted

The region's flood-prone areas dodged a bullet today as rivers crested sooner – and more lower – than forecasts predicted.

The Little River in Huntington had been expected to break the record set in 1950, but leveled off more than 4 feet below that point. The river is still rising, but slowly.

The river was at 3.21 feet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, then shot up to 15 feet at 5 p.m., where it leveled off. At 10 a.m. Friday it was at 15.4 feet; flood stage is 15 feet.

The St. Marys River in Fort Wayne was expected to be hitting 17 feet at 10:30 a.m. Friday, but instead was only at 12.5 feet and appeared to have leveled off. Flood stage is 14 feet.

The Eel River in North Manchester was forecast to hit 13.7 feet early Saturday morning, but appears to have leveled off 0.23 feet above its flood stage of 9 feet.

Other rivers in the area also appeared to have leveled off much lower than forecasts called for, but more rain is expected tonight.

Still, water levels are high and many low lying areas are flooded. The Allen County Department reported at 3 p.m. that several roads are closed, including:

  • West Hamilton Road north of Aboite Center Road.
  • Ellison Road between Branstrator Road and Liberty Mills Road.
  • Ellison Road between Yohne Road and Liberty Mills Road.
  • Houk Road between Maples Road and Rohrbach Road.
  • Parent Road between Hartzell Road and Maplecrest Road.
  • Paulding Road between Morgan Road and State Line Road.
  • Cook Road east of Butt Road.
  • Fitch Road between Coldwater Road and West Road.
  • Griffin Road between Auburn Road and Hollopeter Road.

There are several other county roads which are open but have "High Water" warning signs in place. Motorists should never drive through flooded roadways, especially if the water is moving rapidly, and never drive around barriers.

For more on this story see Saturday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to after 3 a.m. Saturday.