South Bend, Mishawaka area roads closed by flooding

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Ireland Road east of Ironwood Drive was closed on Tuesday morning, Aug. 16, 2016, after heavy rain caused flooding throughout the South Bend area. (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC)

Historic rain in St. Joseph County has flooded several roads throughout the area.

South Bend city workers have been up throughout the night rescuing people from stranded vehicles and responding to flooded areas, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said. At least 7 1/2 inches of rain fell overnight.

[READ MORE: Record-breaking rainfall causes sinkholes, houses to collapse]

Buttigieg also urged city residents to avoid non-essential travel until the flooding has improved. That doesn’t mean that residents cannot drive to work, but they are encouraged to avoid driving and walking outside for recreational reasons.

Most of the flooding was reported in South Bend, but other areas of St. Joseph County and Cass County, Mich., also experienced flooding.

Here are the closed roads as of 8:20 a.m. Tuesday:

  • Ireland Road between Ironwood Road and Ireland Trail, South Bend
  • Twyckenham Drive between Ewing Avenue and Woodside Street, South Bend
  • Calvert Street between Ironwood Road and Twyckenham Drive, South Bend
  • Washington Street between Kaley and Falcon streets, South Bend
  • Fox Street between Michigan and St. Joseph streets, South Bend
  • Main Street between Indiana and Donmoyer avenues, South Bend
  • Michigan Street between Donmoyer and Indiana avenues, South Bend
  • Ewing Avenue at Fellows Street westbound and Franklin Street eastbound, South Bend
  • Walter Street between Michigan and the O’Brien Center, South Bend
  • Burdette Street at Ireland Road, South Bend
  • Cleveland Road and Bittersweet Road roundabout, Mishawaka
  • Dragoon Trail east of Bremen Highway, Mishawaka
  • Main Street south of Day Road, Mishawaka
  • Hickory Street between Catalpa Street and McKinley Avenue, Mishawaka
  • Hickory Street south of Edison Road, Mishawaka
  • Beiger Street between 7th and 8th streets, Mishawaka
  • University Drive from Main Street to Fir Road, Mishawaka
  • Parkwood Cirlce at Candlewood Apartments, Mishawaka
  • Roosevelt Road between Poppy and Pine roads, North Liberty

Report road closures by calling the 95.3 MNC studio at 574-259-5953 or texting MNC and your message to 45365.

Lt. Gene Eyster with the South Bend Police Department said the list above is only a summary of the major roads. Standing water and flooding is also impacting low-lying areas and spots with poor drainage .

There are several roads that are flooded in St. Joseph County, Eyster said, and drivers and pedestrians alike should avoid those areas.

“A mere 6 inches has the force to sweep you off your feet. A few more inches is enough to stop your vehicle,” he said, adding that drivers should avoid flooded areas and not try to go around cones and signs noting blocked roads.

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