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Flash floods tear through LaPorte Co.


If you thought the rain was bad where you live Wednesday morning, it was probably nothing compared to the flood damage in LaPorte Co..

Roads had to be shut down there because the flood waters were so high. Including a large portion of Johnson Rd, which is one of the main streets used to get back and forth from LaPorte to Michigan City.

"It was a waterfall coming over the edge of the road there," said Dr. David Merrill, who lives next door to the intersection of Johnson Rd and Pahs Rd, where the main damaged occurred.

The water is gone now, but the damage is still there. The flood was so strong it actually tore part of the road off into a nearby stream.

"Well I was very surprised," said Merrill. "I've lived here for 11 years and we've had some heavy rains, but I've never seen anything like that."

The damage is so bad officials do not expect the section of Johnson Rd. to open for at least week. 

The long period for repairs is somewhat of an issue for Merrill's trip to and from the grocery story, but the damage the water did to his property is more of a headache.

"Our back [yard] got flooded pretty good," said Merrill. "I lost some lawn furniture back there and I have a boardwalk down there that was damaged."

The flood waters also hit other parts of LaPorte County fairly hard. Officials with INDOT say other roads had to be shut down too. They are warning all Michiana drivers to be on alert.

"Turn around. If you see high water, you might have a longer route to get around that area, but your safety is #1," said Matt Deitchley, an INDOT spokesperson. "A lot of people don't realize just a small amount of water can stall out a car or much worse carry it away."

The high water around the county is almost completely gone, but the creek is still flowing strongly in Merrill's backyard. He just hopes he can find his missing furniture when the water is back to normal.

"I already warned my neighbor. I said keep your eye out for a bench (laughs). I think it may be headed your way," said Merrill.

To keep updated on road closures people can check the INDOT Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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