Berm saves new Cabela's from wall of water

August 29, 2007
A 5-foot wall of water pouring through a broken levee would have wreaked havoc on the nearly completed Cabela's store in Hammond had a newly built berm not stopped it, according to the Post-Tribune of Merrillville. Also saved from the floodwaters were more than 1,000 homes.

Nebraska-based Cabela's was within six weeks of opening the 185,000-square-foot store when several days of heavy rain swelled the Little Calumet River and caused the levee to break, sending water coursing through the locale in northwest Indiana.

The rains also flooded the Borman Expressway that links Indiana with Illinois, causing the artery to be closed.
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