The City of South Bend is closely
monitoring the weather forecast over the next few days, which could bring rain on
Sunday and Monday in addition to warmer temperatures. The anticipated rain over
the next few days is less than 0.5 inches and does not present a flood risk at
As a comparison, the current conditions
combined with the forecast for Sunday and Monday are quantitatively different
than conditions prior to the 500-year flood event in February 2018. Not only is
the St. Joseph River at a lower level with a smaller volume of snow on the
ground, but less rain is also predicted over the next few days. Today’s
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 7:00 a.m. reading of the St.
Joseph River shows it is currently at two feet with zero flood warnings or
watches forecasted. Flood stage for the river is measured at 5.5 feet.
As a precaution, residents are asked to help
clear catch basins near their homes to make sure they are free of snow and
debris, giving water a direct path to the city’s sewer system.
If residents see a flooded street or
experience basement flooding, they should report it to 311. If it happens after
hours or on a weekend, residents should still call 311 and follow the prompts
for sewer emergency.
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