Ind. Crews Pull Residents from Floodwaters

June 01--Sounding like Niagara Falls, Spy Run Creek rushed along Fort Wayne streets Saturday morning, rising to doorsteps in at least one flood-prone area. Meanwhile, water eroded soil under a portion of Lake Avenue, leaving it suspended in midair. Authorities warned it was in danger of collapsing.

The National Weather Service reported that a spotter recorded 4.65 inches of rain in Allen County between 11 p.m. Friday and 5:46 a.m. Saturday.

Firefighters were going door to door on Eastbrook Drive, east of State Boulevard, early Saturday morning as water overtook yards and at least two vehicles.

The soil under a third of Lake was washed out east of Reed Road to Maplecrest Road before 7 a.m., according to scanner traffic.

"It could collapse at any time," someone said on the scanner before an estimate of an hour was given.

City employees from the City Utilities, sewer, street and flood control worked throughout the night to deal with the flooding from heavy rain, said City spokesman Frank Suarez.

Suarez said the water is expected to recede off many of the roads listed as closed early today. However, he recommended that residents clear debris away from the street storm drains in their neighborhoods to help the water recede before more expected rain Saturday.

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