Flooding shuts down Goshen Kroger, residents finding alternatives

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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - The flood waters aren't as high as they were last year, but heavy rain is putting a strain on parts of Elkhart County.

On his way to the BMV, Michael Bowen was inspired by a friend.

"I'm going to go play in the puddles. I didn't think much of it," Bowen said.

That puddle turned out to be a large one in front of the Kroger in Goshen. And while Bowen had fun, his car didn't much like the water.

"We got pretty far, almost got all the way through it, then it just died," he explained.

Goshen officials say the Elkhart River crested at 9.12 feet. As the waters recede, leaders in Goshen and Elkhart say they are watching carefully.

"I'm kind of nervous, though, because we've got two more days of rain," said Jessie VanWormer, a father who often shops at Kroger.

Flooding caused serious irritation for grocery shoppers. There is no damage inside the Goshen Kroger, but it is closed due to high standing water in the parking lot.

"Me and my wife, we live off Kroger's. We've got four babies, all of our coupons are digital, the gas and all that, so this is very inconvenient right now," VanWormer added.

Both Goshen and Elkhart are offering sand and bags for residents in need. The supplies are at the street departments in both cities.

As expected, there are several roads and parks closed because of flooding.

Elkhart Closures (as of May 2):
Portions of Arch and Folsom streets, where the streets intersect
Parks: American, Baker, Island, Studebaker
Trails: The Riverwalk
The Elkhart Environmental Center is also closed.

Each city has updated closure information online.