The City of Fort Wayne has made preparations to address flooding that recent wet weather events have caused along the Maumee River and the St. Mary'€™s River.  The Emergency Operations Center was activated at 8 AM. Flood Levee Patrols have been activated and are on location monitoring river levels and directing flood prevention measures.

Clay levee construction and sandbagging efforts have begun at the following locations: Ross-Michaels area at Superior Street, Woodhurst Neighborhood, Berry and Thieme and the NIPSCO Parking lot.

City officials have directed automated calls to be placed to notify and advise residents in flooding trouble areas.

The City also has set up four locations for residents in danger of flooding to make their own sandbags. The Street Department has placed piles of sand and bags at these locations.  The locations are:

Portage Middle School '€“ 3521 Taylor Street
Broadview Florist '€“ 5409 Winchester Road
Taylor University '€“ 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd.
(parking lot on the south side of Rudisill)
Southwest Conservation Club '€“ 5701 Bluffton Road

The National Weather Service is predicting the following crest levels in Fort Wayne:  St. Mary'€™s River at 17.4 feet on Thursday 2/7/08 at 1 AM, Maumee River at 24 feet on Friday 2/8/08 at midnight and St. Joe River at 17.3 early Thursday 2/7/08 AM.

Residents with issues or concerns related to flooding may call 311 for assistance.