Winter Storm Oliver - update


Flooding in the Midwest states of Indiana, Illinois and Michigan appears to have reached a peak and river levels are in decline.

Record flood levels were broken along the St Joseph river yesterday, placing the many towns including the Indiana towns of South Bend and Niles at risk of flooding. Lansing, Michigan was also expecting heavy flooding, with over 200 families being forced to evacuate.

The rivers St Joseph, Yellow, Iroquois, Kanakee, Salt Fork and Deep River all reached their expected peak flood level by Thursday evening with water levels expected to recede over the next few days. The Illinois river in Ottawa crested on Thursday evening too, but levels are still expecting a slight rise at locations, such as Morris, further along the river.

Localised property flooding along the Deep River and Little Calumet River was reported in the towns of Lake Station, Indiana and Dolton, Illinois. Around 30 properties were flooded to a level of roughly 5 feet in Lake Station. This included two farms, where animals were rescued from their flooded stables.  Multiple water rescues have occurred in all affected Midwest states, with the death toll now increasing to three.

Mandatory evacuation in Marseilles, Indiana was lifted by the authorities on Thursday, allowing residents to return home. Previous flooding in Marseilles occurred in 2013, affecting large areas of the city; the effects of this latest flood have been limited.

Road closures are still in place for St Joseph County, Niles, and Elkhart County, Indiana. Flooding is due to continue for Elkhart City, Indiana, Lansing, Michigan, and Plymouth, Indiana, but levels are no longer expected to rise.

River levels are on the decline, and the effects of flooding have been limited. We don’t anticipate providing any further updates.