Flooding in Hammond tests bridge walls built in 2008 over Little Calumet River

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HAMMOND, Ind. -- Sandbags are being packed along the banks of the Little Calumet River as the water level rises, and public works officials in Hammond and Munster are closing off the bridge over the river.

As of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the water level has already reached the underside of the bridge, which is near Northcote and River.

Officials say this rain is the first big test of walls installed in 2008 to prevent flooding, and the worst is yet to come, as heavy rain continues to fall on northwest Indiana.