Archive - Jan 15, 2013 - News Article
Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert announced at 1:50 p.m. today (Tuesday) that E. Monroe St. has been reopened to traffic as floodwaters are receding.
Little has changed overnight in the fight against the latest flood to hit Decatur, although the St. Marys River crested overnight at 23.31 feet feet, one of the highest levels ever recorded here.
The crest came at 9:30 p.m., city weather station officials reported, and the river began slightly receding. At 7 a.m. today, it stood at 22.99 feet.
Mayor John Schultz gave the annual State of the City address at Woodcrest on Monday.
He began by expressing his love for his job and thanking all those who support him in it.
Schultz reported that the water department has noticed less water has been sold than was pumped to the plants, so they have been searching for leaks, particularly in the oldest part of the city. Having found leaks there, they will continue to search for and repair leaks elsewhere in the waterlines throughout Decatur this year.
A contingent of municipal officials from Berne traveled to Lamar, Missouri, last weekend to view firsthand a wastewater treatment system that has risen to the top of the city's list of options for mandatory improvements to the local treatment facility.
Berne is under orders from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to reduce the amount of ammonia contained in waste water that is being discharged to area rivers and streams by the year 2015.