A Flood Watch is in effect from 7 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. CST Monday evening through Tuesday evening. Recent rainfall and additional rainfall expected Monday night into Tuesday may cause or exacerbate existing river flooding. Rainfall totals of at least an inch are expected across the watch area with a swath of up to 2 inches possible. The heaviest rainfall will occur between 12 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST Tuesday. Rivers...streams...creeks and low lying areas may see flooding occur or increase. Roads near rivers and in areas prone to flooding could become covered in water.
The following is a media release from the city of South Bend:
Weather Update – flooding and black ice possible
South Bend, IN: As a result of the current weather forecast of up to two inches of rain tonight through Tuesday night, the city of South Bend is asking residents to assist with clearing leaves and other debris from all catch basins around the city to ensure proper drainage to avoid flooding and pooling of water on city streets. Director of Streets, Sam Hensley has reported that “our crews are working on this right now and will be out in full force tomorrow, however, there are over 26,000 catch basins throughout the city.” If the street drains/catch basins do become clogged with leaves or other debris, drainage can be severely hampered. For the safety of all, residents are asked to help by clearing the street catch basins as soon as possible, to help reduce flooding. This water can cause vehicles to slide or hydroplane. Note: Catch basins are located on street corners and sometimes in the middle of the block, near alleys.