State of Emergency declared in the City of Elkhart

ELKHART (February 21, 2018) – Mayor Tim Neese has declared the City of Elkhart under a State of Emergency. The City of Goshen and Elkhart County have also declared a State of Emergency in their respective jurisdictions.

The St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers are anticipated to continue rising through Thursday or Friday with severe flooding and evacuations already occurring in certain areas of the city.

The City of Elkhart is operating under a Travel Watch, meaning that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a Travel Watch, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended. Tickets may be issued for non-essential travel in areas directly impacted by flood waters. Emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

Residents are reminded that they should not bypass barricades or attempt to drive through flood waters under any circumstances. Anyone found bypassing a barricade will be subject to ticketing as well. The Street Department has deployed their entire stock of barricades, so some streets may be closed even without the presence of a barricade.

The Street Department no longer has sandbags, but sandbags remain available at West Side Middle School, North Side Middle School, Riverview Park Softball Complex and Pierre Moran Pool. Both sand and bags will be available at these locations, but residents will need to fill them themselves. Residents are encouraged to bring their own shovel.

A non-emergency phone number has been established for residents seeking updates on the flooding, including information regarding shelters and emergency transportation. This phone number is 574-293-8931. If you have an emergency, please call 911.

Local public safety personnel will continue to assess the situation and update the public through the city’s website, Facebook and media.

This Emergency Declaration will remain in effect for up to seven days, as needed.

Below is the most up-to-date list of street closures.

· Old Farm Drive, Entrance to Old Farm Apartments from Mishawaka Road. Residents can still access the apartments via the Bent Oak entrance off of County Road 7
· Arch Street
· Folsom Street
· East Indiana Avenue, between Goshen and Grand Avenue
· South Main at Concord Mall
· McDonald Street from Princeton to Grand
· Richmond between Middlebury and Blazer Blvd
· Princeton from Middlebury to Aspenwald
· Area of Jefferson and Fifth Street
· Sherman Street
· Middlebury from Tipton to Richmond