Flooding Fallout: Evacuations, Road Problems Result From Downpour (VIDEO)

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 1, 2013 Updated Dec 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM EST

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Hundreds of people are still cleaning up after Friday night and Saturday morning's downpour and flash flooding event.

Lake Avenue is one of several roadways in Fort Wayne and Allen County where traffic has been disrupted.

The busy road is closed between Reed and Maplecrest, because water levels got so high.

A swollen culvert caused water to run across the street, making part of the pavement cave in.

" You see the water lines behind us, higher than we've ever seen in this area, washed out a substantial portion of the road here that we'll be trying to get repaired and get back open by Monday," said Ft. Wayne Public Works Director Bob Kennedy.

The 4 to 5 inch rainfall flooded out numerous roadways.

Alena Alessan-Drini's car got stuck on Old Auburn Road, when after dark she came up on high water, but tried to push through anyway.

" The car stops and water was flooding in the car in my passenger side. My friend started screaming, we need to get out of the car right now. So, we climbed out the window, had to walk and the water was above our knees. It was the scariest moment of my life," Alessan-Drini said.

"The water, as you can see, was up to here."

Nicole Carson used her hand to show us how water began to stream into the apartment at Black Bear Creek Apartments, where she and her three children stayed with friends Friday evening.

At one point, they looked out to see cars in the parking lot with water up to the headlights.

She and her family are planning to move to Oregon early in the week, but since her car got soaked in the storm, the move is up in the air.

" Just trying to hope and pray that it starts, cause I don't know what I'm going to do," Carson said.

Fort Wayne Fire Department officials say firefighters assisted with residential evacuations at different times during the night because of the flash flooding.

The Fire Department received 114 water-related calls for service during the height of the storm and in the hours after.

One resident told us she had to wait three hours for a response.

" We do kind of have to put those in a high to low priority order. It did take us some time to get to some people and sometimes it just took us time, because of the height of the water and we just had issues getting to them," said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Murua.

Some viewed the flooding as an opportunity, rather than a hassle.

We caught pictures of a man paddling a kayak up Spy Run Creek just off West State Boulevard.

City fire battalion chiefs prepared for the possibility of more showers Saturday evening, having rigs in place, and rafts ready to go, in case more residential rescues would be needed.




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