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July 3rd, 2012
With special precautions in place, Decatur's Fourth of July fireworks event — the 20th annual — got a green light this week from Mayor John Schultz.
The city of Berne largely escaped the brunt of Friday's storm, although another round of thunderstorms late Sunday afternoon dropped .8 of an inch of badly-needed rainfall on the community.
"We were lucky," said Berne Mayor Bill McKean of the relatively light damage suffered in the city.
"All in all, I'm very pleased with the cleanup; it's going pretty well," Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said this morning.
City cleanup crews were "nearly halfway through the first pass (of the city)," he said, noting that once completed, a second pass will be made to pick up smaller debris.
People are urged to move their storm debris to curbside to facilitate the cleanup.
"It's not real terrible now; I'd say comparable to that storm we had three or four years ago," Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at noon Sunday of the ongoing cleanup following a storm which popped up amid high heat and humidity around 3 p.m. Friday, blowing through Decatur and Adams County and creating widespread damage.
No serious injuries were reported.
Indiana & Michigan Power website this morning showed more than 1,000 Adams County homes remained without electricity.
The Friday afternoon storm damaged trees and downed power lines as it moved through the area and interrupted electric service for over 118,000 I&M customers in the region. Early today, 48,000 homes in Allen County remained without service. In Wells County, 500 residences were still in the dark and more than 300 Jay County homes were without electrical service.
A Sunday evening car-buggy mishap on U.S. 27 at 10:38 p.m. just north of the Adams-Jay County line resulted in two occupants of the buggy being airlifted to Parkview Hospital with severe injuries.
The Adams County Sheriff's Department reported this morning that Richard A. Romine, 32, Portland, was northbound on U.S. 27 when he came upon a northbound Amish buggy operated by Raymond A. Girod, 19, rural Geneva.
A freak thunderstorm packing winds in excess of 65 miles per hour passed through Decatur and Adams County on Friday, leaving a trail of destruction â€” but no serious injuries initially reported â€” in its wake.
Thursday will go down as the hottest day ever for many Indiana locales, and Decatur recorded an official high of 102 degrees.
The National Weather Service said a large ridge of high pressure brought in the hottest temperatures in nearly 80 years. The mercury hit a record 106 degrees in Fort Wayne and Evansville and 104 degrees in Indianapolis.
For other cities, it was the hottest it’s been in Indiana since 1988.
Pay hikes for full-time employees of the city of Berne seem assured for 2013; likewise with proposed salary increases for the mayor and clerk-treasurer. Minor pay hikes for members of city council? Well, that's a different story.
For the second time in two weeks, City Council member Phil Provost on Monday evening voted against a $250 annual pay raise recommended by Mayor Bill McKean.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year entire regions find themselves in the dark, said Derek Augsburger, emergency coordinator for the Adams County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) team.
"Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate," Augsburger said.