Flooding closes Niles Courthouse, prompts evacuations, drinking water concerns

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The following information was provided to 95.3 MNC from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office regarding the flooding situation and how it is affecting communities in Berrien County:

Due to the current flooding in the South County area, and out of an abundance of caution,  the Niles Courthouse will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 23.  Any matters involving traffic citations, arraignments or reporting to probation offices should now report to the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph while the Niles Courthouse is closed.  All other matters should wait until the Niles Courthouse is back open.

The Berrien County Animal Control has assisted with collecting household pets from the River Springs Estates Mobile Home Park in Berrien Springs which has been evacuated due to the flooding in that area.   For any individuals that are looking to make contact with their pet they should contact the Berrien County Animal Control Office at (269) 927-5648 during their normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If anyone is in need of shelter due to being displaced from their homes during this time of flooding they should contact the American Red Cross at (269) 556-9619 for assistance.

The Berrien County Health Department advises residents with well water systems to inspect the area around their well for flooding. If flood waters have impacted the well system, drinking water may become contaminated. If the well head is damaged, compromised, or has been submerged in flood water, residents should immediately discontinue use of the well water for drinking, cooking, and/or bathing and should use bottled water until their well system is safe for use again. After flood waters have receded, residents can contact the Berrien County Health Department for more information on how to test their well water system for safety.

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