LaGrange County flood concerns; many lake houses already seeing flooding on properties ahead of expected storms

NOW: LaGrange County flood concerns; many lake houses already seeing flooding on properties ahead of expected storms

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind.----- The incoming weather patterns have some areas worried about the already high-water levels getting even higher and causing flooding on their properties. 

In Westler Lake, and surrounding lakes Witmer and Dallas, many residents are already seeing the water seeping onto their properties.

"The problem I am worried about is where is the snow going to go.. once it starts melting.. how are we going to do that," said Bill Morr, the county's Emergency Management Director who has been hard at work preparing for whatever is thrown the county's way, including flooding. 

However, the residents tell me they have seen worse, and they are not as concerned this time around, with no damage yet.

However, one overflowing canal is getting close, so their guards are always up this time of year. 

"We always get on red alert…. watching it we don’t want it to go up high… and especially not too far too fast, we don’t want water in the house, but I don’t think we are going to have any issues with that this time, some of the people in lower areas across the lake.. perhaps, but I don’t think anyone is having issues like we have several times in years past…."

The LaGrange County Department of Emergency Management has been hard at work, being proactive for the weather. Bill Morr tells ABC57, while this is not unusual for this time of year around the lakes, they are still preparing with sandbags available for residents, as well as checking the roads and conditions. 

"But usually in the spring at some point.. I have this type of situation, nothing different than we do almost every year, like I've said, the biggest push this year is being proactive, you know if your property is going to flood and to take those precautions," added Morr.

Those who want to take advantage of the sandbags to protect their property are in luck because there is still plenty of sand available at 710 N. Walnut St. in LaGrange.


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