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Power outages to affect some NE Indiana customers until Tuesday; flood warnings posted

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FORT WAYNE, Indiana — A power company warned some of its northeastern Indiana customers Sunday that they might not have electricity for two more days.

More than 13,000 customers still had no service as of Sunday afternoon, Indiana Michigan Power Co. reported Sunday afternoon. After bringing in extra crews from Kentucky and Ohio, the utility said it expected to have power restored to about 95 percent of its customers by Monday night.

At one point, more than 30,000 Fort Wayne-area residents were left without electricity, the utility said.

The National Weather Service reported the storms Friday and early Saturday dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain across much of northern Indiana. The precipitation fell on ground already saturated from heavy rains that had fallen since mid-June, it said.

The heavy rainfall sent rivers and creeks over their banks and prevented storm sewers from emptying into them, causing street flooding in Muncie, Portland and other eastern Indiana communities.

By Saturday afternoon, the waters had begun to go down.

PHOTO: Cameron Miller, 12, pushes a bicycle through high water Saturday, June 27, 2015, on Wayne Street near East Jay Middle School in Portland, Ind. The city's downtown area was underwater for the second time in 10 days after several inches of rain fell Friday and Saturday. (Ray Cooney/The Commercial Review via AP) MUNCIE STAR PRESS OUT FORT WAYNE JOURNAL GAZETTE OUT
Cameron Miller, 12, pushes a bicycle through high water Saturday, June 27, 2015, on Wayne Street near East Jay Middle School in Portland, Ind. The city's downtown area was underwater for the second time in 10 days after several inches of rain fell Friday and Saturday. (Ray Cooney/The Commercial Review via AP) MUNCIE STAR PRESS OUT FORT WAYNE JOURNAL GAZETTE OUT

"I think we're in pretty good shape," Jason Rogers, director of the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, said in Muncie. "The flash flooding has receded."

The agency encouraged local residents and business to submit damage reports so it can possibly pursue federal aid.

The weather service canceled a flood warning for Jay County northeast of Muncie on Sunday after the Salamonie River went down and was no longer expected to pose a threat to life or property. Some roads remained under water.

Flood warnings remained in effect for several Indiana streams including the Wabash, White, Maumee, Tippecanoe, Driftwood, Mississinewa, Muscatatuck, Big Blue and Driftwood rivers and Fall and Wildcat creeks.

The Wabash River at Lafayette was forecast to crest Sunday at 22.8 feet, more than double the flood stage and high enough to block direct access to a hospital.

The storms contributed to at least two deaths: Two people were killed when a car went out of control after going into high water on a road in Hamilton County north of Indianapolis early Saturday.

Additional rain was forecast for much of the northern half of Indiana Sunday night and Monday, but in amounts general under an inch, the Weather Service. Thunderstorm could produce heavier amounts in some areas.

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PHOTO: An uprooted tree lies on top of a house in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday, June 27, 2015, after a storm, packing high winds and heavy rain, blew it over. The resident's neighbors helped clear some of the tree away from the house until a tree service could help remove the rest of the trunk from the home. (Chad Ryan/The Journal-Gazette via AP)
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