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Streets clear again after flood spate

Streets and intersections in Fort Wayne were clear Saturday afternoon despite another torrent of rain late Friday night.

Evidence of Friday’s flooding and late-night rain still remained in some areas, including a massive water pump in the middle of the Waynedale intersection of Fernwood Avenue and Dalevue Drive.

The city had to start pumping water Friday afternoon into the nearby Fairfield Ditch once the water stopped draining on its own.

Heavy downpours late Friday night and into Saturday forced the city to turn the pump on again Saturday morning, according to Frank Suárez, spokesman for City Utilities and public works.

By Saturday afternoon, however, the intersection and other streets in the Waynedale area previously covered with water were dry, but water marks told how much rain doused northeast Indiana, especially southwest Allen County.

Fort Wayne dispatchers said they received some reports of water across streets early Saturday but not nearly as many as Friday.

Friday morning’s rain dumped around 6.5 inches of water in southwest Fort Wayne and Allen County, followed by an additional 2.5 inches of rain five miles southwest of the city late Friday and early Saturday. Some local rainfall totals during the second deluge were about 3 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Orange markers still on the west side of Smith Road just north of Lower Huntington Road and freshly moved dirt and stone were remnants of the extensive work the Allen County Highway Department had to do at a washout.

About 40 feet of earth washed away from the side of the road amid the Friday morning rain.

Several rural roads also had water over them in southwest Allen County.

The most heavily traveled route affected by a closure was in northwest Allen County on Cook Road between Butt and Felger roads, according to county dispatch.

Another closure on a high-traffic road was Bass Road west of North Hadley Road. Roads weren’t the only things affected by the incredible rainfall totals from Friday morning to Saturday.

The Shindigz National Soccer Festival had to change its schedule and game locations.

All of the festival’s high school games for Saturday were canceled and college games were moved to Carroll High School.

cmeyers@jg.net

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