Road washout demonstrates importance of heeding flash flood warnings

Photo of wash-out along Smith Road
A flash flood Aug. 22 washed away soil along Smith Road, just southwest of Fort Wayne. The road was closed until repairs could be made. Allen County Highway Dept. photo, taken 7:15 a.m. Aug. 22.

Damage from a flash flood this morning forced the Allen County Highway Department to the close Smith Road between Lower Huntington Road and Yohne Road, just southwest of Fort Wayne. The flash flood washed away soil on the west side of the road, creating a hole approximately 40 feet wide and 25 feet deep. Workers will fill the hole with gravel.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the area at 4:17 a.m. EDT. It was in effect until 8:15 a.m.

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