Flood forces home evacuations, sand-baggers requested

Firefighters rescued 38 people and eight pets from flood waters at Stoney Creek Estates in Zanesville, Ind. early this morning. WANE-TV photo.
Firefighters rescued 38 people and eight pets from flood waters at Stoney Creek Estates in Zanesville, Ind. early this morning. WANE-TV photo.

Flooding forced 38 people to evacuate their mobile homes in Zanesville, Ind. early this morning, according to a report by Fort Wayne television station WANE.

The Southwest (Allen County) Fire District and the Ossian Fire Department responded to Stoney Creek Estates at around 1 a.m.

Emergency workers transported the residents to a shelter at Zanesville United Methodist Church.

Flood water submerged transformers in the mobile home park, so utility workers had to shut off power.

At about the same time, emergency crews evacuated about 10 homes in the Huntington County town of Andrews and the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency called for volunteers to help fill sandbags:

As of 9:27 a.m. today, the agency indicated it could still use volunteers at the Street Department on Webster Street in Huntington this morning.

High water has closed many roads and highways in northern Indiana and northwestern Ohio.

The sun came out this morning, but it will take a while for flood waters to receded, according to an inforgraphic published by the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service:

The office issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” this morning that indicated more heavy rain could bring additional flooding Wednesday:

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
703 AM EDT TUE JUN 16 2015

INZ004>009-012>018-020-022>027-032>034-MIZ078>081-OHZ001-002-004-005-
015-016-024-025-171115-
ST. JOSEPH IN-ELKHART-LAGRANGE-STEUBEN-NOBLE-DE KALB-STARKE-PULASKI-
MARSHALL-FULTON IN-KOSCIUSKO-WHITLEY-ALLEN IN-WHITE-CASS IN-MIAMI-
WABASH-HUNTINGTON-WELLS-ADAMS-GRANT-BLACKFORD-JAY-CASS MI-
ST. JOSEPH MI-BRANCH-HILLSDALE-WILLIAMS-FULTON OH-DEFIANCE-HENRY-
PAULDING-PUTNAM-VAN WERT-ALLEN OH-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SOUTH BEND...MISHAWAKA...ELKHART...
GOSHEN...LAGRANGE...TOPEKA...ANGOLA...KENDALLVILLE...LIGONIER...
AUBURN...GARRETT...KNOX...NORTH JUDSON...WINAMAC...FRANCESVILLE...
PLYMOUTH...BREMEN...ROCHESTER...WARSAW...WINONA LAKE...
COLUMBIA CITY...SOUTH WHITLEY...FORT WAYNE...MONTICELLO...
BROOKSTON...LOGANSPORT...PERU...WABASH...NORTH MANCHESTER...
HUNTINGTON...BLUFFTON...OSSIAN...DECATUR...BERNE...MARION...
HARTFORD CITY...MONTPELIER...PORTLAND...DOWAGIAC...CASSOPOLIS...
STURGIS...THREE RIVERS...COLDWATER...HILLSDALE...BRYAN...WAUSEON...
ARCHBOLD...DEFIANCE...NAPOLEON...PAULDING...ANTWERP...OTTAWA...
PANDORA...VAN WERT...DELPHOS...LIMA
703 AM EDT TUE JUN 16 2015

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST OHIO...
NORTHERN INDIANA AND SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE FOR A LARGE PORTION OF NORTHERN INDIANA
INTO NORTHWEST OHIO...PRIMARILY ALONG AND SOUTH OF ROUTE 30.
ADDITIONALLY...MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING IS FORECAST ON
LARGER...MAIN STEM RIVERS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

THERE WILL BE PERSISTENT CHANCES FOR THUNDERSTORMS WEDNESDAY
THROUGH SUNDAY. THE HIGHEST CHANCES APPEAR TO BE IN THE WEDNESDAY
INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT TIMEFRAME...AND AGAIN SATURDAY NIGHT INTO
SUNDAY. HEAVY RAINFALL AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY WEDNESDAY INTO
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING OR CONTRIBUTE TO
ADDITIONAL EXTENSIVE FLOODING IN AREAS ALREADY IMPACTED WITH
STANDING WATER. WHILE AN ISOLATED STRONG TO MARGINALLY SEVERE
STORM CANNOT BE RULED OUT ON WEDNESDAY...BY FAR THE PRIMARY THREAT
WILL BE VERY HEAVY RAINFALL.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT FLOOD REPORTS AND HEAVY RAINFALL
TOTALS IN EXCESS OF TWO INCHES.

&&

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES...OR
CHECK OUR WEB SITE AT WEATHER.GOV/IWX

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