Today, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb will join Department of Homeland Security Director Bryan Langley for a tour of recent flood damage in St. Joseph and Elkhart counties. They will meet with local officials to learn about response and recovery efforts already underway.
In South Bend, Gov. Holcomb and Director Langley will meet with fire department officials, county emergency management officials and Mayor Pete Buttigieg before touring the damage at Indiana University South Bend and residential areas.
In Goshen, Gov. Holcomb and Director Langley will tour flooded areas, assess business and residential damage, and meet with local officials, including Mayor Jeremy Stutsman as well as local police and emergency response leaders.
Rain began late in the day in the northern part of the state on Sunday, Feb.18, with approximately 15 inches of residual snow already on the ground. The area received record-level rainfall of more than 5 inches through Wednesday, Feb. 21. On Tuesday morning, Feb. 20, the Army Corps of Engineers reported that the St. Joseph River had reached 6 feet above flood level, and 36 hours later the river crested at 12.7 feet. As a result, the region has experienced unprecedented flood damage to properties and infrastructure.