PUTNAM COUNTY — THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS INDICATED THERE IS A MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL THIS WEEK AND WEEKEND COMBINED WITH A FROZEN GROUND WILL LEAD TO RUNOFF AND RISES ON RIVERS...STREAMS AND CREEKS. MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE WITH A LOW CHANCE FOR MODERATE FLOODING ON SOME RIVERS DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH RAIN FALLS AND WHERE IT OCCURS.

NUMEROUS WEATHER SYSTEMS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING BETWEEN 1 AND 3 INCHES OF RAIN TO THE LOCAL AREA OVER THE NEXT WEEK. SINCE THE GROUND IS CURRENTLY FROZEN TO A DEPTH OF 6 TO 10 INCHES...WATER WILL HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME INITIALLY SOAKING INTO THE SOIL. MOST OF THE RAIN WILL BECOME RUNOFF AND LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT RISES ON RIVERS...STREAMS AND CREEKS.

IT REMAINS DIFFICULT AND TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE WHICH RIVER BASINS WILL SEE THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL AND MOST SIGNIFICANT RISES ON THE RIVERS. HOWEVER...THE BEST CHANCE DOES APPEAR TO BE SOUTHEAST OF A LINE FROM AROUND KNOX INDIANA TO HILLSDALE MICHIGAN...AFFECTING PRIMARILY THE UPPER WABASH AND MAUMEE RIVER BASINS BUT THE KANKAKEE BASIN COULD SEE SUBSTANTIAL RISES AS WELL.

PEOPLE LIVING NEAR RIVERS...STREAMS...CREEKS AND OTHER LOW LYING FLOOD PRONE AREAS SHOULD MONITOR FORECASTS OVER THE NEXT WEEK AND BE PREPARED FOR MINOR TO POSSIBLY MODERATE FLOODING.