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Last updated: Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 - 02:38 pm EDT

Torrential rains Friday morning swamped several roads

Southwest county areas hit hardest

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Fort Wayne had to resort to pumping water from a southwest-side intersection after water from an early-morning deluge stopped draining on its own.

Despite the flooding in the southwest part of the city and county, people in northeast Allen County and Fort Wayne barely got a drop.

Only about one-tenth of an inch of rain fell in northeast Allen County, compared with 6.5 inches or more in the southwest region, according to the National Weather Service.

“The south and southwest definitely got quite a bit more rain than the majority of the city,” said Frank Suarez, spokesman for City Utilities and public works.

The city started working with residents in the Waynedale neighborhood about 4 a.m. as the water started to rise.

The intersection at Fernwood Avenue and Dalevue Drive was a major trouble spot for pooling water.

Suarez said the water drained throughout the day but by late afternoon had become stagnant, so the city decided to start pumping water from the intersection.

The area around Dade and Dale drives in Waynedale also reported high water over the streets, but that quickly drained, Suarez said.

The Shindigz National Soccer Festival had to move its parking accommodations to the Burlington Coat Factory on Ardmore Drive at Illinois Road after 4.5 inches fell at the Fort Wayne Sport Club.

Pumps were used to help remove water, and today's games were expected to begin on schedule.

The county seemed to bear the brunt of flood-related road damage, especially where the downpour washed away a swath of Smith Road.

The Allen County Highway Department closed a portion of Smith Road between Lower Huntington and Yohne roads until midevening.

Other roads closed by high water in the southwest part of the county included Ellison Road between Liberty Mills and Branstrator roads; Branstrator Road between Lower Huntington and Yohne roads; Yohne Road between Smith and Branstrator roads; and the intersection of Aboite Center and West Hamilton roads.

The National Weather Service said the unusually high rainfall recorded in some areas was caused when several storms with a lot of precipitation moved over the area, with many locations getting repeatedly deluged.

Torrential rains targeted a swath of northern Indiana, dumping nearly a foot of rain in one area, swamping highways, triggering at least one major rescue and leaving officials trying to cope with fire and flood.

The tropical air mass with warm and humid air made conditions right to get the most rainfall possible out of any storm that would have hit the area, according to Nick Greenawalt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Syracuse.

Rainfall was the most damaging part of the storms.

Greenawalt said wind gusts measured about 40 or 50 mph.

There were a few reports of funnel clouds ahead of the main storm line, but none touched the ground.

cmeyers@jg.net


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