Spring Flooding in Tippecanoe County Reaches Near Record Levels

Wabash River Spills into Lafayette and West Lafayette

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Spring Flooding in Tippecanoe County Reaches Near Record Levels
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Wabash River overflow spills into parkland along State Road 43 in West Lafayette on Tuesday, April 2 …

LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Wabash River remained more than seven feet above flood stage on Tuesday, with additional rain swamping riverside parks, washing over low-lying roads and homes.

The Wabash River crested at 25.61 feet, near historic crest levels, on Saturday. The river was recorded at 18.6 feet Monday, 7.6 feet above flood stage, but just under moderate flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.

This follows a week of steady rain that sent the Wabash River, which had reached historic lows because of drought last summer, splashing into streets and popular recreation areas.

Four buildings in the Williamsburg Apartment complex in West Lafayette, where numerous Purdue University students live, flooded. The water, though, had receded from the buildings as of Tuesday. Authorities reported some 65 vehicles in the complex were affected by high water.

The NWS reported that 75 to 100 homes suffered flood damage. As of Tuesday, State Road 43 in West Lafayette was closed at Robinson Street. A portion of the Wabash Heritage Trail in Lafayette and West Lafayette was covered with high water. The old Lafayette Golf Course remained closed.

State Road 225, outside of Battle Ground, Ind., and several other county roads around the Greater Lafayette area, remained closed. The SR225 Bridge that leads into Prophetstown State Park also remained impassable. Tippecanoe County Road 950 near the Wabash was reported closed Tuesday.

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