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January 16th, 2013
The St. Marys River is dropping, E. Monroe St. is open, and US 224 was likely to be reopened later today as Decatur's latest flooding problems continue to recede.
The St. Marys stood at 21.37 feet at 7 a.m. today, a fall of some two feet from its Monday-night crest of 23.3 feet, weather station officials said. The river was at 22.99 feet at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The Decatur Chamber announced on Tuesday that Decatur Mayor John Schultz has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Stephen Decatur Award. The award, named after naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, is given for outstanding service to the community. It was first given in 1988.
Schultz, who just started his sixth year as mayor of Decatur, will receive the award at the Chamber's annual dinner on Thursday, February 7, at the Mirage Banquet Hall in Decatur.
The family of Spc. Nicholas Taylor, killed last year in Afghanistan while serving as a member of the Indiana National Guard, on Tuesday evening accepted on their son's behalf the 2012 Citizen of the Year award from the Berne Chamber of Commerce.
Taylor's parents, Tim and Stephania, his brother Drew and sisters Holly Morgan and Sophia Aiwen, made no public comment in accepting the award, and told a chamber representative only that "there aren't many words that can be said" at receiving such an honor.
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.
With a 23.3-foot flood crest expected on the St. Marys River tonight following weekend rainfall of two and a half inches in Decatur, there is some good news: No more rain is in the forecast through Friday.
Snow melt combined with the rain drove the St. Marys River from 10.1 feet on Friday morning to 22.9 feet at 7 a.m. today!
Menno Schwartz, 23-year-old rural Geneva resident who was seriously injured in a Wednesday traffic accident which killed two other men, was listed in stable condition on Friday in the trauma center of Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He was airlifted to the hospital after the one-vehicle crash on an icy Fawn River Road in White Pigeon Township, approximately 30 miles south of Kalamazoo,
Killed in the crash were Chris L. Eicher, 50, of Geneva, and Dan C. Graber, 48, of Portland.
Bishop Emeritus John D’Arcy, retired bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese, says he’s battling a rare form of cancer and is asking for prayers as he undergoes treatment.
D’Arcy announced early this month that he had been diagnosed with cancer in his lungs and brain. The disease was discovered when he went to a Boston-area hospital after feeling ill while visiting relatives.