5 things to know for your Wednesday in Indiana

The construction of an overpass over an Elkhart rail line closes two roads, northern Indiana is on the fringes of a severe weather outbreak and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 5:57 a.m.

Prairie, Main Street closings will affect drivers through summer

Two Elkhart city streets have been closed Tuesday, June 3, to make way for the construction of an overpass over the Norfolk Southern Railroad rail line. The street closings include Main Street between Indiana Avenue and Willard Street along with Prairie Street between Park Avenue and Stocker Court. The construction is expected to continue until approximately Dec. 1. Construction workers are demolishing 14 buildings in the area to make space.

Lead could be in homes being torn down on Prairie Street, but crews are taking steps to counter potential harm

The buildings being demolished to make way for the construction of an overpass may pose a potential lead threat for nearby property owners. A subcontractor sprayed the debris with water using a hose attached to a fire hydrant Tuesday, June 3, in order to reduce the amount of dust wafting into the air. Lead can cause nervous system and brain damage to children if ingested, and an environmentalist with the Elkhart County Health Department said the properties could contain lead paint.

Northern Indiana on fringes of severe weather outbreak

Much of Indiana is at risk of strong to severe thunderstorms Wednesday, June 4, which may include damaging winds, large hail, heavy rain, flooding, lightning and tornadoes, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The risk of severe weather will be at its highest late Wednesday morning through afternoon for northern and central Indiana.

Elkhart audio maker casts large global shadow

Nine of the 12 stadiums staging the FIFA World Cup 2014, an international soccer event, will feature high-end amplifiers and speakers made by an Elkhart audio maker. The speakers made at a Harman International Plant at 1718 W. Mishawaka Road are also part of sporting events at the Notre Dame Stadium and Soldier Field and the United Center in Chicago. Harman International landed the World Cup contract three years ago with the help of Brazilian audio company, Selenium.

Ontwa Township faces fourth penalty in ongoing sewer flap; Elkhart officials ponder the possibility of suing

Ontwa Township faces its fourth penalty after a corrosive substance was found in the sewer network it shares with Elkhart. The Elkhart Board of Public Works considered suing the Michigan township Tuesday, June 3. Instead, they issued an order for Ontwa Township to outline plans to address its failure to comply with an agreement with the city on the matter.


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