The National Weather Service in northern Indiana has issued its latest potential flood outlook and report while future flooding is a possibility at this time, it is not a certainty. Warmer temperatures melting snow this week, with moderate to heavy rainfall on Thursday, are factors that may contribute to an increased risk of flooding in low lying areas. Officials report those conditions may also lead to the potential break up and downstream movement of thick ice on rivers that would increase the risk for ice jams to develop and increase the potential for flooding, so if you live in a flood prone area now is the time to prepare.
Merrillville Stormwater Utility reports the town's Public Works Department is continuing to clear snow to uncover storm drains at intersections and roadways and asks all motorists use caution while traveling on roads with an excessive accumulation of water. Homeowners are also encouraged to clear any storm drains in their yards to assist with drainage on residential properties and ensure that sump pump drains and downspout extensions are uncovered and cleared of ice and snow.