Heavy rains pound parts of the region

2013-06-26T23:00:00Z Heavy rains pound parts of the regionTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 26, 2013 11:00 pm  • 

Northwest Indiana residents woke up Wednesday to another downpour that caused roads to flood and delayed South Shore trains.  

Don't expect a break from the rain anytime soon. The National Weather Service expected thunderstorms to continue moving through the area Thursday and Friday.

Mark Ratzer, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said the thunderstorms are expected to move through the area faster. Thursday's thunderstorms could include hail and damaging winds.

The Kankakee River near Davis in LaPorte County was expected to reach flood stage late Wednesday, Ratzer said. The river was expected to begin going down by Friday.

Ratzer said Wednesday's early downpour most heavily impacted LaPorte County and parts of Porter County. He said a funnel cloud was spotted near Roselawn, but it did not touch down anywhere.

By 8:15 a.m., 2.66 inches of rain had fallen in Lincoln Hills in Porter County, according to the National Weather Service's website. By 7:44 a.m., Portage received 1.6 inches of rain and there were reports of 6 inches of standing water on the streets.

Basement flooding was reported Wednesday throughout Valparaiso, said Chuck McIntire, collection and distribution manager at the city sewer and water department.

Flooding also temporary closed Burlington Beach Road, between Campbell and Valparaiso streets.

The rains came on the heels of gusty storms that pounded portions of the region Monday night, bringing down limbs, power lines and poles and causing major power outages.

As of Wednesday night, 10,532 NIPSCO customers remained without power. Gary, Hammond, Michigan City and LaPorte were areas most heavily impacted by outages.

The number was down from the 16,000 NIPSCO customers who were without power early Wednesday. NIPSCO's website reported most repairs are expected by Thursday, but more storms could delays those efforts.

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