- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Flooding was expected to last throughout the week along some rivers in southwestern Indiana even as high water has receded in other parts of the state from last week’s heavy rains, forecasters said Tuesday.

The National Weather Service said a warning for moderate lowland flooding along the Wabash and White rivers and some tributaries would remain in effect as water levels would rise in downstream locations over the coming days.

Farmer Chuck Curran has extensive flooding over 400 acres of crops along the Wabash River near Terre Haute, along with water covering roads leading to those fields.

“We’re not going to be a complete loss,” Curran told the Tribune-Star. “We’re going to be bad, but it’s not going to be a complete loss.”

Floodwaters, meanwhile, kept receding across much of northern Indiana, where 8 inches or more of rain has fallen in some places so far this month. That led to some home flooding and sandbagging efforts along the St. Marys River in the Fort Wayne area and the Iroquois River around Rensselaer in northwestern Indiana.

Fort Wayne officials estimate the city’s flooding response last week cost at least $200,000.

City Public Works Director Bob Kennedy tells The Journal Gazette that crews from several city departments and contractors helped build clay levees at several places and place 70,000 sandbags.

“Public works and utilities, they worked 12 hours per day around the clock through Saturday,” Kennedy said.

He credited flood-prevention projects in recent years for limiting trouble around the city. In 2003, the last time the St. Marys River was this high, floodwaters damaged about 270 homes. Damage has been reported to only about a dozen homes around the city from the latest flooding, Kennedy said.

Despite that, officials expect it could take several weeks to clear mud and debris from sites around Fort Wayne.

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