The end of the year rains have swollen the rivers, creeks and ditches of northeastern Indiana.
This has implications for the annual Polar Bear Plunge at 2 PM in the St. Joseph River just east of the Parnell Avenue Bridge in Fort Wayne.
The fast moving current of the St. Joseph will be a problem. Last year, Polar Bear veterans related to me that swift moving water in prior years meant that no reveler should venture out any more than necessary to quickly get one's legs and torso wet from a crouching position.
Travel on this New Year's Eve day took me across the St. Mary's River several times as well as across numerous streams and ditches. All were rain swollen and many yards and fields were flooded.