How’s your basement? Homeowners, motorists, farmers all treading water

This nature-made ditch is funneling runoff from farm fields and looks like a small river.

This type of road ponding, shown in the 5800 W block of CR 150 N, is very dangerous and requires drivers to pay attention and drive slower than normal.

Small ponds are becoming common in farm fields and are putting the planting season behind.

Photos and story by Mike Kellems 

Rain, rain … go away, please! Following three days of on-and-off rain that totaled about 3.3 inches through Wednesday morning, May 1, 2019, many LaPorte County residents are dealing with flooding issues and feeling the effects not unlike Noah!

One of the most dangerous side effects of all the rain is ponding on area roads. Drivers should exercise caution, particularly at night when it is more difficult to see. In only an inch of water vehicles can hydroplane, causing drivers to lose control and making it just as dangerous as the black ice we experience in the winter.

Farmers have also been experiencing a delay in spring planting due to the tremendous amount of rainfall.

We’re not quite done yet, according to the northwest Indiana office of the National Weather Service. Here’s the forecast for Thursday as of late Wednesday night: “A slight chance of showers before 10 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 63. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.”

OK, that’s just about enough of that.

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