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Rivers under flood warning

FORT WAYNE – The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings and watches for several northeast Indiana rivers, but as of Thursday afternoon none were expected to reach levels that would cause serious damage.

The St. Marys River in Fort Wayne is forecast to hit 18 feet Friday afternoon. The river water spills onto Tillman Road when the river hits 16.5 feet, which is expected to happen after 2 a.m. Friday.

It should also flood the ball fields and much of the golf course at Foster Park, as well as much of West Swinney Park. Flood stage is 14 feet.

Upstream in Decatur, the river is forecast to hit 22 feet, which will likely cause problems on U.S. 224 and some street flooding.

The St. Joseph River in Fort Wayne is forecast to just hit flood stage, rising to 12.2 feet.

In Bluffton, the Wabash River is expected to rise 4 feet over flood stage, but IT will still be well below levels that would affect homes or businesses.

The Eel River in North Manchester is forecast to crest at 9.5 feet; flood stage there is 9 feet.

To see a National Weather Service map showing where floodwaters from the St. Marys River in Fort Wayne are expected to go, see the website tinyurl.com/jg18feet and click on "18 feet" along the left side of the page.

dstockman@jg.net

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