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Decatur and Adams County were about back to normal today — normal being amid huge piles of snow — albeit on the frigid side.
School systems were in operation on normal schedules for the first time since Monday and all weather code alerts have been called off. Adams County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August announced at noon Thursday that the county was "back to normal operations."
Residents of Decatur and Adams County were struggling to return to some form of normal today after being battered by the toughest winter blow this season.
Well over 10 inches of snow was on the ground — and huge piles stacked here and there in Decatur by cleanup crews — as the county now has to deal with bitter cold.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Utility crews were braving frigid temperatures today as they work to restore power to thousands of Indiana homes and business following this week’s big winter storm have reduced the number of outages statewide to about 20,000.
Indiana homeland security department spokeswoman Emily Norcoss said Thursday morning that nearly all of the outages in central and southern Indiana are in Duke Energy’s service district, and the rest are rural electric cooperative customers.
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Tonight’s wrestling team Regional at Adams Central has been called off and will be held Thursday night, weather permitting.
The Adams County Spelling Bee at St. Joseph Catholic School in Decatur has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.
A spokesman for the Indiana State Patrol said at 8:30 a.m. today that a Level 1 emergency exists in "most of the 11-county Fort Wayne district" which includes Adams County.
A Level 1 emergency means that travel is restricted to emergency personnel only, the spokesman said.
Moderate snow continued to fall throughout the district. Interstate 69 and I-469 were said to be slick and snow-covered, although passable. State and county roads are snow-covered and in some cases impassable, the patrol said.
Adams County Emergency Management Agency Director John August said this afternoon that the county would be going to code red, the second-highest alert, at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Code red says the following; "Stop and think twice about driving. High winds and drifting occurring. Roads are totally snow-covered or ice-covered. County roads are mostly drifted shut and impassable.
By ERIC MANN
Because of all the white, Adams County is black — meaning Code Black for the worst-possible road and weather conditions.
TONIGHT'S COUNTY SPELLING BEE IS POSTPONED. ALL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. ALL RED GOLD SHIFTS ARE OFF.
Decatur received four and a half inches of snow overnight, but the big one apparently is yet to come.
The National Weather Service said one to two inches of snow is possible in the Decatur area today, followed by another two to four inches tonight.
How bad is it going to get?
On Monday, the day before a vast winter storm bore down, the head of emergency management in Adams County, John August, told the county commissioners that the county's emergency operations center (EOC) would be opened today at 8 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for perhaps two days of work to deal with the weather.
The EOC is located in the basement of the county jail and will be staffed at all times for as long as required, according to August.
All Adams County schools were closed today with four and one-half inches of new snow on the ground and more on the way. Tonight's county spelling bee has been postponed until Tuesday, Feb. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Catholic School in Decatur. All three shifts at Red Gold in Geneva have been cancelled.
At least 50 people showed up for a legislative discussion on Saturday morning in Decatur with the two men who represent Adams County in the Indiana General Assembly, State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, and State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle.
The biggest issues, dominating half of the hour-long event, were educational, such as charter schools vs. public schools and teacher vs. school board contract negotiations.