Flooding possible in areas near Oakdale and Norway Dams

This undated photo shows the Oakdale Dam in White County, Ind. (WLFI File Photo)
This undated photo shows the Oakdale Dam in White County, Ind. (WLFI File Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The National Weather Service in Northern Indiana has issued a flood watch for the Tippecanoe River in Carroll and White counties Saturday morning, until further notice.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

NIPSCO communications director Nick Meyer told News 18 recent snow melt up north has caused flooding along the Tippecanoe river at the Oakdale Dam.

Due to a discharge of the Oakdale Dam on Saturday morning, sirens were activated to make those along the river aware of rising water levels.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said there have not been any reports of flooded roads or homes so far, and the sirens were activated a precautionary measure.

Meyer said the water levels appear to be stabilizing, but those in areas prone to flooding should still take caution.

Lowland flooding is possible with flows from Oakdale Dam. Low agricultural lands, river parks and a few local roads may flood along portions of the river. Flooding is also possible along portions of the Tippecanoe River downstream of Norway Dam in Carroll and White counties. High water from the Norway Dam may affect low lying areas along the river as well.

Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop, and motorists should avoid any flooded roads.

For a real time report of the current levels at both the Norway and Oakdale Dams, click here.

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