Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery just provided the latest information on the multiple weather events that are occurring or will be occurring over the next 48 hours.
- The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory, Flood Watch, and Winter Storm Watch for our area.
- We will be going to a “Watch” level travel advisory at 4:00pm today.
- We will see an increase in water levels in ditches, creeks, and retention ponds. The Yellow River is currently at 5.41 feet and is currently forecast to rise to 13.9 ft which is in the “Minor” flood stage area by Saturday morning. Flood stage is 13ft. The Tippecanoe River at Ora is currently at 7.84 ft and is currently forecast to rise to 12.1 ft which is in the “Action” stage by Sunday afternoon. Flood stage is 12 ft.
- Sand and sandbags are available at the old EMA office located at 9515 King Road in Plymouth, which is just north of the Marshall County Highway garage. Individuals wanting sandbags will need to bring their own shovel.
- Wind Advisory in effect until 7pm this evening. South winds between 20-30 mph with gusts from the south at 35-45 mph.
- Flood Watch in effect from this evening through Thursday evening. 1-2 inches of rain is forecast. Warm temperatures today have cause the snowpack from last week’s snow to melt rapidly. The ground is still frozen and will not be able to absorb the additional moisture.
- UPDATE: A Winter Storm Warning has been issued. The Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from Thursday morning at 8:00 am through Thursday at midnight. Heavy mixed precipitation is forecast including a chance for ice accumulation of up to 1/10 of an inch. Additional snow accumulation of 6-10 inches is also forecast. Snow rates will be 2 inches per hour late Thursday afternoon into early evening.
- UPDATE: North to northeast winds will cause some blowing and drifting issues Thursday evening into Friday morning.
- UPDATE: Temperatures will fall Thursday night into Friday morning to between 7-15 degrees with wind chills in the single digits. Temperatures will remain below freezing on Saturday which will cause water on road surfaces to freeze.
Citizens should prepare for conditions. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, take action now to protect yourself and your property. Pay attention to roads that have been marked or closed due to high water. Do not move or drive around cones, barricades, or high-water signs. These devices have been placed there to protect you from a known hazard. Please find an alternate route if your primary route is not accessible due to flood waters across the road. Always drive for the conditions. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination, SLOW Down, increase your following distance, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to arrive, and carry an emergency kit in your car in case you get stuck, or your vehicle becomes disabled.