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Rain saturates soil, increasing flood risk

ANGOLA, Ind. (WPTA21) — All the recent rain we’ve seen has left the soil saturated and ramped up risks of flooding. Now emergency management officials are preparing folks in case the water begins rising.

On Thursday, we spoke with crews in Angola who say homes and businesses near waterways or low-lying areas are especially vulnerable right now.

“We are getting so much rain at so little pace, all that water is delivered rather quickly to an end location which is now overwhelming in that end location,” Randy Brown, the Steuben County Emergency Management Director said. “So, our channels are rising quicker and not draining quicker, so the people living on those channels are now being affected.”

Another county hit hard by the recent rain is Mercer County in Ohio. Families are still recovering from May’s tornado outbreak. Now, flash flooding is shutting down roads and forcing neighbors from their homes in Celina.

Officials say they’ve closed so many streets that the county actually ran out of high water and road closed signs. The sheriff’s office also reports several water rescues from cars stuck in high water overnight.

People say, understandably, they are sick of severe weather.

“It’s pretty frustrating. I can deal with it better than the neighbors can. It actually goes through their houses so they have a lot of clean up,” one resident, Jack Evans said.

One hospital was forced to close its ER and transfer patients to other hospitals Wednesday night after several inches of water partially flooded the building.

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