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TRASH PICKUP UPDATE

Borden Waste-Away did not work on their Wednesday route because of the weather and the City’s state of emergency. They will adhere to the state of emergency Thursday, Feb. 22 as well and will be waiting on an update from the City at noon on whether the state of emergency will be lifted.

As soon as we hear that they are back up and running, we’ll make a post on our website and Facebook.

Please continue checking the City’s Facebook page and https://www2.wasteawaygroup.com/borden-residential.html for the latest on trash pickup.

FOR GOSHEN CITY EMPLOYEES

The State of Emergency Declaration (only essential travel allowed on city streets) will be at least through noon tomorrowThursday, February 22. A decision about ending it then, or carrying it longer, will be made by 9:30 a.m. Thursday—and an update email will also be sent by then. Please handle offices tomorrow as we did today, with only essential personnel reporting to work, and offices closed. The main switchboard will be manned. Let your staff know you’ll be in touch in the morning with a further update.

MESSAGE FROM MAYOR ON STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION

Dear Residents,

The last 36 hours has been different from what Goshen has ever experienced. In March of 1982 the Elkhart River hit its highest point at 11.89 feet. As of now the Elkhart River is at 12.4 feet in Goshen with a projection of 13.2 feet before this is over. The City of Goshen has closed Plymouth Ave, Lincoln Ave, and Pike Street river crossings. Our city has been divided in half by this flood. Both the City of Goshen and Elkhart have declared a State of Emergency (attached).

The City of Goshen will be asking everyone to limit travel as much as possible. If you need groceries or need to get to and from work that is ok. Please do not drive around to get pictures. It is essential that you respect all City, County and State Crews as well as all first responders. We have had multiple situations of drivers driving around barricades and then getting submerged because the water is deeper than it looks. We then have to put our first responders at risk and use valuable staff time to pull out a car that should not have even been there in the first place. Please be safe!

If you are asked to evacuate we would respectfully ask you to listen to our suggestion. The City has had to evacuate several areas and NIPSCO had to shut off both electric and gas services to these areas. Please know we will not suggest it if we don’t believe there is a true threat. If you choose to stay in your home that is your right and we will respect it.

We will continue to give updates as often as possible. Many of us in the City have been working hard since 2:30am this morning and are committed to doing everything we can to help manage this disaster and help make sure you stay safe.

Shelter locations (24hrs):

First Baptist Church, at the Corner of Plymouth Ave. and Indiana Ave., 533-3139, please use door number 4 when you arrive. 1011 South Indiana Ave.

Maple City Chapel, near Menards, 533-0327, 2015 Lincolnway East

Do not hesitate to notify the City and please help keep an eye on your neighbors.

Sincerely,
Mayor Jeremy Stutsman

CITY OPEN EXITING ROUTES

For exiting to the west out of the city, we ask commuters to use SR 15 to Wilden Avenue. Please watch for potholes in this area. On the south, use Kercher Road for exiting west.

Use SR 15 when exiting to the north.

To exit east out of town use CR 34, (out by the fairgrounds). The Street Department is looking to open East Lincoln Avenue within an hour.

UPDATE ON RIVER LEVELS, EMERGENCY DECLARATION

As of 11:51 a.m. the Elkhart River had reached 12.23 ft. in height.

Based upon the most recent projections by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the North Central River Forecasting Center, the projected river peak height of 13.2 ft. will occur sometime around 1 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. At that elevation, that is at 2.1 ft. higher than the river elevation record.

Fire department is out working on evacuating areas as called upon. A safe haven location (shelter) has been determined at First Baptist Church on Indiana and Plymouth Avenue.

The declaration of emergency remains. As stated in the declaration, we ask residents reserve travel for only essential needs.

INTERURBAN TROLLEY UPDATE

NOTE: This is a message from the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG):

After coordinating with the City of Goshen the Interurban Trolley fixed route service will cease operations in Goshen for the rest of today, Wednesday, February 21, and tomorrow, Thursday, February 22, 2018. Should conditions improve, service may be restored at some point tomorrow. This announcement affects the fixed route service on the Red Line from Walmart in Dunlap, south; into Goshen.

In addition, the Interurban Trolley ADA Access service will not operate from any location originating or ending in Goshen for rest of today and tomorrow, February 21 and 22, 2018.

Interurban Trolley fixed route and ADA Access services will continue to operate in the City of Elkhart.

Transit information can be obtained by calling the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) at (574) 674-8894 or at www.interurbantrolley.com

WATER SAFE

We have been getting questions about whether our system’s water is safe to drink. We are not under a boil order, meaning our potable water is safe to drink and shower in. Our utilities department is asking residents conserve as much water as possible, as our wastewater plant is at its limits.

Thank you for your understanding.

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and Elkhart County Commissioners have declared the City of Goshen under a State of Emergency. We are experiencing severe flooding with record river levels. Please limit all travel. If you are already at work it is up to each business to decide when they release. If you are not at work we are asking you to stay home. City crews are working hard to manage issues as best as possible. City offices are closed but phones are being answered and all essential staff is active. Please do not hesitate to call with reports or questions. 574-533-8621. We will continue reassessing the situation and updating through facebook and media.

-declaration request was made to the county at 7:35am this morning. County has responded in support of this declaration.

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR ON FLOODING

Constant rainfall combined with melting snow over the last few days have led to flooding in various areas throughout the city. The Elkhart River is at about 11.92 ft. as of 9 a.m., surpassing the previous record of 11.9 ft. Many roads are closed due to flooding.

Creekside Mobile Home Park has been evacuated due to the flooding.

City offices are closed, but all essential personnel has remained to work today. (If you have an emergency please call 911).

Sandbags are available at the Street Department,  475 Steury Ave.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman is asking residents to help out by doing the following:

  • Please do not let children play with or go into the water. Due to the amount of water, currents are forming, and can pill the children into an open manhole. Water will also likely have bacteria.
  • Please don’t drive through high water. Don’t drive around barricades placed by the City –  they are placed there for safety.
  • The Utilities Department is asking residents to conserve water as much as possible.
  • Please report areas you see are getting high water.

GOSHEN CITY COURT CLOSED

Goshen’s City Court, located at 111 E. Jefferson St., is closed Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. An attorney conference scheduled today at 12:30 p.m. has be postponed, to a date to be determined.

Traffic Court, scheduled at 4 p.m. today, has been canceled.