Widespread flooding in northern Indiana could slowly recede

February 21, 2018
The driver of a car wades through an overflowing street in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A storm system stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes states and forced some schools to close. The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Flood warnings were in effect in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas. (Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Continued flooding across northern Indiana has caused widespread road closures and warnings that it could take several days for high waters to recede.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday that between 3 and 7 inches of rain had fallen since early Monday in the area, where flood warnings or watches were in effect until Thursday night. Those warnings included the Kankakee River, the St. Marys and Maumee rivers around Fort Wayne and the St. Joseph River, where a record-high crest in South Bend was expected Thursday.

Officials in Marshall and Benton counties warned motorists to refrain from travel on local roads. Numerous school districts also canceled classes Wednesday.

Crews have used boats to help residents from some low-lying residential areas in the South Bend and Elkhart areas.

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