Flooding

Jennifer Weingart

 The three disaster recovery centers set up in Indiana after record late winter flooding will close permanently this Saturday.

The centers in South Bend, Elkhart and Utica were created to help people impacted by the flooding fill out applications for assistance through FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state.

Applications and assistance will still be available online and by phone. The centers will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. then will close.

 

Jennifer Weingart

 

Three months after February’s record breaking floods, Michiana is still cleaning up the mess left behind. Disaster centers in the region are working to help residents with recovery efforts.

The FEMA disaster recovery centers in Elkhart and South Bend have only been open for about a month. So far $2.3 million dollars in aid has been handed out to nearly 1,900 registrants.

Jennifer Weingart

 

While Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Northern Indiana on Wednesday he visited the FEMA disaster assistance center in Elkhart.

The center in Elkhart is one of three in Northern Indiana providing help for those impacted by record flooding in late February.

Residents can apply for FEMA assistance, or for loans and help from the U.S. Small Business Association.

Holcomb greeted all the workers in the center, as well as a few people getting assistance.

 

Showers and thunderstorms dumped rain across Michiana this weekend and still are today.

Experts say the area might see some flooding but nothing like February.

 

Michiana has seen several inches of rain in the last couple days with more on the way this evening.

Sam Lashley is a senior meteorologist with the national weather service. He says so far flooding has been minor.

Michael Linville / WVPE

 

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb formally requested federal assistance for counties affected by February's flooding.
 

The disaster request, from the Governor’s office, addressed to the President of the United States, was sent out Friday, after the state was granted an extension to gather information.

 

 

This season’s weather has been particularly bad for potholes, and recent historic flooding has not helped road conditions.

This winter there has been a lot of freeze and thaw. This creates a lot of potholes, as anyone driving in Michiana has noticed.

Marty Morgan is the street commissioner for the City of Elkhart. He says besides ordinary potholes there have been streets ruined and potholes created by the recent flooding.

The state of Indiana has set up three assistance centers to help people with flood recovery.

 

The centers in Elkhart, Lake and Jasper Counties are meant to be a one stop shop for information and help with flooding recovery.

Spokesperson Amber Kent says the state is trying to make things easier for those impacted by the flooding.

“It’s so very frustrating to go from place to place to place, we tried to bring all of those resources together into one location.”

The state of Indiana has set up three assistance centers to help people with flood recovery.

 

The centers in Elkhart, Lake and Jasper Counties are meant to be a one stop shop for information and help with flooding recovery.

Spokesperson Amber Kent says the state is trying to make things easier for those impacted by the flooding.

“It’s so very frustrating to go from place to place to place, we tried to bring all of those resources together into one location.”

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

As Elkhart residents begin the process of recovery after days of flooding, Mayor Tim Neese addressed related concerns today in the city. Police Chief Ed Windbigler and Fire Chief Chad Carey joined the mayor as he addressed the press.
 

Neese commended the support the city has received from local communities, and the work that city departments have done since the flooding. .
 

He said the main focus now is on recovery and cleanup.
 

A yellow car sits on dry ground with water covering the street behind it
Jennifer Weingart

 

It was sunny and warm in South Bend on Monday. And the river has receded quite a bit, but some roads and parks are still closed.

 

The St. Joseph River at South Bend is down to just over nine and a half feet. That’s still within major flood stage, but down three feet from where it peaked last week.

Sheryl Brown was out for a lunchtime walk around Bartlett Street in South Bend with three of her colleagues from Memorial Hospital.

The river swells to cover houses and a pavillion in water
Jennifer Weingart

 

As flood waters continue receding some people are able to get back into their homes to clean-up, but other houses are still underwater.

On top of that, power is still shut off for safety and some areas have to deal with looting.

Generators hum all through formerly flooded neighborhoods in Elkhart as residents pump out water and work on drying their basements.

There’s no electricity here. The power was shut off to prevent electrical fires.

 

Berrien County, Michigan like other places around Michiana has been hit by flooding and high water as rainfall and snowmelt mix.

Just downriver from where Old U.S. 31 crosses the St. Joseph River in Berrien Springs, Shamrock Park is underwater. A little further downriver, so is River Springs Trailer Park. Both have been evacuated.

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said it’s likely to be a while before residents can get back into their homes.

Water nearly reaches the arches under Jefferson Boulevard
Jennifer Weingart

 

The St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers have both peaked and are starting to recede. Still some residents living in the flood zone continue to battle water while others start to think about clean-up.

The St. Joseph River peaked last night at 12.7 feet, nearly two feet above the historic flood mark of 10.9 last set in 1993.

Water covers a road near mobile homes sitting in water
Jennifer Weingart

 

Rivers and streams around Michiana continue to overflow their banks following rapid snow melt and heavy rain. Some residents have been evacuated and others are filling and placing sandbags to try to save property.

 

A state of emergency over the flooding was declared in Goshen late Tuesday.

 

Roads are closed in Elkhart, St. Joseph and Berrien Counties. Some schools are closed for a flood day.

Geese swim in overflow from the St. Joseph River,
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE

 

The city of Elkhart is offering residents sandbags to combat the rising water from snowmelt and Tuesday’s rain.

Sandbags are available at the Elkhart Street Department or by delivery by calling Elkhart’s Emergency Management Department at 970-7996.