Rising rivers increase potential for flooding

FILE - This file photo from April 2014, shows a flooded State Road 225 in Tippecanoe County. (WLFI File Photo)
FILE - This file photo from April 2014, shows a flooded State Road 225 in Tippecanoe County. (WLFI File Photo)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The Tippecanoe Sheriff’s Water Response Team has been busy getting ready for what could be a busy weekend. Team member Matt Couch has been helping his team prepare.

“We’re clearing things out. Making sure if it’s needed, that it’s ready to go. So, we’re not spending extra time getting those extra pieces of equipment ready,” said Couch.

The Wabash River is expected to continue rising until Saturday morning, more than eight feet above flood level. The rising water is expected to cause problems in areas prone to flooding.

“Areas normally affected are State Road 43 N. or N. River Road,” said Couch. “The other areas affected are the Granville Bridge, State Road 225 bridge, and any kind of low-lying agricultural areas.”

Couch said although signs are typically placed in these areas to indicate a road closure due to high water, rescues are all too common.

“The main issues we have are people disregarding traffic signs, and driving through areas where the roadways are flooded,” said Couch.

People who ignore the signs may end up needing to be rescued, but Couch said being rescued from a closed road comes with a price.

“It’s happened in the past. If people do disregard those signs, even though we are responding to make sure they’re safe, those individuals will be cited,” Couch said.

When it comes to high water Couch said to use common sense, especially if the road is closed.

“We put [signs] out there for a reason. Those areas are not safe. It’s not a playground for vehicles that think they can maneuver those types of areas,” said Couch. “It’s just for everybody’s safety.”

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