Flooding continues to be a problem in St. Joseph County

Flooding continues to be a problem around the area Wednesday as crews in St. Joseph County work to clear Elm Road.

This is not the first time this road has had an issue with flooding. In fact, it floods so frequently that for folks around the area it seems to be the norm.

The road is almost level with the edge of the farm land on both sides so when the drainage ditches reach their capacity flood waters cover the road completely.

This specific flooding on Elm Road is about a football field long and about 17 to 18 inches deep making this road now completely impassible.

WNDU did ask if there were any plans in the works to help with this recurring problem and they said engineering is aware of it and they are looking into it, but until this road is cleared up it can be very dangerous.

“What happens is when people come in here with any speed their car starts to hydroplane and they can go off to the side of the road. And possibly turn upside down in the ditch” says Charlie Feirrell.

Feirrell did say that he already rescued someone this Wednesday morning. Luckily, the person was safe but Feirrell says things could get very dangerous very fast.

Now, with freezing temperatures headed our way the road will stay closed. Feirrell says it will take about 2 days to clear and wants to make sure it is safe.


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