A Flood Warning has been extended for the following counties: Kosciusko, Elkhart, Marshall, St. Joseph, Lagrange, Noble, Laporte and Starke counties in Indiana; and Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties in Michigan.
The warning has been issued by the National Weather Service and is now effect 1:36 a.m. Monday.
At 8:36 a.m. today, Doppler radar indicated moderate to heavy rain falling over the warning areas. Radar estimates that between one-quarter of an inch and three-quarters of an inch of rain has already fallen this morning. An additional rainfall of around a half-inch is expected this morning, but scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue into the afternoon.
Rising temperatures today will only result in significant snowmelt meaning flooding in low-lying areas, basements, small creeks and streams is inevitable. Piles of snow blocking many storm drains will only exacerbate flood concerns.
The Kosciusko County Highway Department, the North Webster Community Center and the Public Works Department in Syracuse all have sand and sandbags available to residents. Anyone needing sandbags must take their own shovels and fill their own bags. If assistance is needed, contact the Kosciusko County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 574-267-5244.