Niles Courthouse closing until Monday, river expected to peak overnight

Photo courtesy City of Niles

The City of Niles is experiencing a major flooding event, which is affecting roadways and the downtown area.

The St. Joseph River is at 16.47 feet as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. It is expected to crest at 16.8 feet either Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. It is expected to remain at flood stage through Monday.

Anyone requiring emergency housing is encouraged to call the American Red Cross at 800-936-3705. The American Red Cross is working with the Niles City Fire Department and Niles City Police Department to place people in temporary emergency housing as needed.

The Niles Courthouse will be shut down on Thursday and Friday because of flooding in the south county.

Because of the Niles Courthouse closure, any matters involving traffic citations, arraignments or reporting to probation offices should now report to the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph while the Niles Courthouse is closed.

All other matters should wait until the Niles Courthouse reopens.

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