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Homes flooded in south Lake County

Flooding surrounds homes near 250th Avenue in Schneider.

Marc Chase, The Times

As rivers left their banks and swelled into home-flooding seas in various parts of our Region last week, the better angels of our nature surfaced.

It was the subtle but encouraging words of a Schneider volunteer firefighter to longtime residents as rising floodwaters stranded them on their front porches Thursday.

It was the dramatic water rescue by Boone Grove firefighters of two women in Porter Township whose cars had become partially submerged in floodwaters Tuesday.

Everywhere our reporters and editors looked to tell the story of Region flooding along or near the Little Calumet and Kankakee rivers this week, we found emergency personnel side-by-side with volunteers, helping to fill sandbags to safeguard the homes of neighbors.

The beating heart of the helpful human spirit abounded.

We're not completely out of the woods yet. While floodwaters that forced a recommended evacuation at some 35 Lake Station homes were receding, south Lake County communities near the Kankakee still must brace for a river that hit a new record level in the Region. The cresting Kankakee isn't forecast to begin receding until early March, according to the National Weather Service.

A case also may need to be made for federal and state disaster relief funds, and both Indianapolis and Washington should be paying close attention to any need for emergency relief that rose with the water.

But as we assess the extent of damage and displacement, we all can take some comfort in the often unsung heroes and neighborly good will that helped define our Region through a challenging week of floodwaters.

It's a collective moment of pride for all of us.



Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Local News Editor Marc Chase, Lake County Editor Crista Zivanovic, Porter/LaPorte County Editor Doug Ross and Deputy Local Editor Erin Orr.