Preventive Sandbagging, Supplies Available

By Corinne Rose

May 26, 2011 Updated May 26, 2011 at 1:45 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Fort Wayne residents are using their experience to head off rising waters, hoping to keep them at bay.

People living along Belle Vista Drive were awakened around 3 a.m. to fill the gap in the levee caused by the bridge in the 2700 block.

By five this morning, they were finished and others began sandbagging the storm drains.

They know from the past that water can back up through the storm sewers, bypassing the wall of sandbags, causing street closures and damage in homes.

Eric Burgess/Resident: "You watch, I've watched water come up the drain. Leave in the morning, come home in the afternoon and the neighborhood is flooded. It's only happened once in the ten years since I've been here.

If you need sand and bags, you can get them in the parking lot of the Conservation Club at 5702 Bluffton Road.

You'll need to bring your own shovel to fill the sandbags.

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