TERRE HAUTE —
Wabash Valley residents on Saturday woke up to flood warnings issued by weather authorities, which remain in effect until March 4.
Melting ice and rain from recent storms were have raised water levels in rivers and creeks in the Wabash Valley this weekend.
According to the National Weather Service, the river height on the Wabash River in Terre Haute was at 18.8 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage starts at 14 feet.
The NWS predicts that the river will continue to rise to near 20.5 feet by Wednesday.
At Fairbanks Park, families and groups were seen enjoying the mid-50-degree sunny weather Saturday, but the fast-moving water level on the river was high. The fishing pier was under water and the ramp/steps were also partly submerged.
In Vermillion County, one pavilion located by the river in Clinton was also under water. The flood warning issued by the NWS continues for the Wabash River at Clinton until March 4. Its flood stage is 18.0 feet and the NWS predicts a maximum height of 22.6 feet Monday morning.
According to the NWS, minor flooding is occurring and forecasted for the Wabash River in Montezuma on Vermillion County. At about 11 a.m. Saturday the level was 21.5 feet. Flood stage is also at 14 feet. The river will continue rising to near 22.6 feet by Monday evening, NWS reported.
Since Thursday, officials have reported road closings because of high water in several counties including Clay, Vermillion, Vigo and Crawford County in Illinois.
Friday’s road closings in Vigo County were mostly in the southwest part of the county and West Terre Haute area, areas west of the Wabash River, Vigo County Dispatch said Saturday.
Officials with Crawford County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois, however, reported a temporary flash flood in the Hutsonville area and some flooded roads near the river.
During the day Saturday, county officials in the Wabash Valley did not report any significant flooding emergencies, but the flood warning continues today.
The National Weather Service reminds drivers not to drive into flood water. The NWS also advises people to keep children away from flooded areas and those with activities close to the river should remain alert to its changing conditions.