Flood warning extended to Elkhart County

A flood warning has been issued for Elkhart County.
Posted on April 19, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 19, 2013 at 12:59 p.m.

ELKHART — The National Weather Service has extended a flood warning for rivers in the Elkhart county area this morning, and although no roads have been closed, drivers are asked to be cautious if they see high water.

According to a message from the NWS, the flooding severity is expected to increase from moderate to major for the Elkhart River and the St. Joseph River.

Elkhart is expected to be in a near flood stage, while Goshen is expected to see minor flooding today, according to the NWS.

Several high water signs have been placed all throughout the county to warn drivers, according to county dispatch. No roads have been closed in Elkhart City, however, according to city dispatch.

Still, the NWS urges residents to be safe around flooded areas. Drivers should never go through high water. Children should not be allowed near flood waters.

A man attempting to drive through high water west of Nappanee lost control of his vehicle and crashed against a tree Thursday afternoon, April 18.

Elliott Correll, 52, of Nappanee, was driving north on C.R. 3 just north of C.R. 6 at about 35 MPH when he lost control of his vehicle while driving over standing water, causing him to leave the roadway on the east side and strike a tree.

Correll suffered a broken nose and a laceration to his right hand. Two passengers in his car were also injured. Bo Correll, 13, and Isaac Jacobson, 4, had lacerations to their face and head pain.

Police issued three citations for Elliott Correll for not wearing a seat belt and not restraining a child.


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