It’s just after midnight. Highland Fire Chief Bill Timmer just called me.
“We’re gonna have to close Kennedy Avenue,” the chief said.
It turns out that the Little Calumet River is over the 15 feet mark and still climbing. According to the chief, by the time it gets to 15.2 feet, the road should be closed. The number one thing you don’t want is for water to come onto the roadway and then rush into the surrounding neighborhood. Bridges are almost always the low points over rivers.
“It’ll take us about an hour to get it sealed off. Hammond’s working on the other side, so it should happen pretty quickly.”
As background… The Little Calumet River runs East-West across the Calumet Region. It separates Hammond and Highland. After the big flood of 2008, the Army Corps did a ton of work on the Little Cal at the Kennedy Avenue bridge. The river at points near Kennedy Avenue is as wide as a football field is long. It’s difficult to imagine that there’s that much water to fill up the whole basin.
But there is. At this point, there’s a few things to note:
That’s as much as I have for you right now. I did the Facebook Live video out at Hart Ditch. You can watch that for a feel of how hard it’s raining and how high the water is. Personally, I have a gut feeling that by late morning the big danger will have passed. I have been wrong before, however. Good night for now.