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Strong thunderstorms could continue through week

Franke Park rain
Rebecca Green
Water is receding from the entrance at the Fort Wayne's Children Zoo after intense rains forced Spy Run Creek out of its banks, flooding parts of the park on Tuesday.

More than 8.5 inches of rain has fallen in parts of Allen County and elsewhere in northeast Indiana since Tuesday.

Spy Run Creek
Rebecca Green
A swollen Spy Run Creek on Wednesday afternoon.

And according to ABC21 Meteorologist Gabe Prough, it is possible places saw as much as 10 inches of rain dumped on it in the past day or two.

The weather pattern sparking the periodic deluges and thunderstorms is caused by a phenomenon known as “training”, which is when storms continue to build and develop over a specific area.

This was helped along by the high temperatures and oppressive humidity on Tuesday, as a cold front dropped to the south, Prough said.

These pop-up thunderstorms could continue throughout the rest of the week.

Fort Wayne’s three rivers were at low levels when the rain event began, according to city officials.

And with the ground dry from a previous lack of rain, much of the water was absorbed. But city crews have provided sandbagging materials at Johnny Appleseed Park for spot flooding that may occur. Those using the materials will need to bring their own shovels to use.

According to Prough, the front will finally leave the area by Friday, allowing the area to dry out. Temperatures and humidity levels are also forecast to drop.

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.