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March 3rd, 2011
Two more water rescues were performed on Tuesday by Decatur and Berne firefighters, with the Decatur rescue occurring several miles inside Ohio.
Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel said the local firefighters were called out just before 6 p.m. to a location along the Harrison-Willshire Rd., near Willshire, Ohio, after an elderly woman drove into deep water and her car was swept an estimated 100 yards off the road into a farm field.
Marckel said the woman stayed in the car as the water reached up to the windows.
"For the most part, nothing has really changed overnight except we had a little water on E. Monroe St.," Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at 7:45 a.m. today.
E. Monroe St. was passable this morning and no water was on Monmouth and Piqua roads leading to Bellmont high and middle schools. US 224 at Jackson St. remained closed, however.
Two people were rescued from floodwaters in the past two hours: one in Adams County today and one in Jay County yesterday.
Some eight members of the Geneva Fire Department helped an unidentified local man and his horse escape from floodwater in the small northern Jay County community of New Corydon late Tuesday afternoon.
The St. Marys River was rising slowly in Decatur this morning, but already was beyond 21 feet, and the National Weather Service was predicting a crest of near 23 feet.
Jane Thieme at the city weather station said this morning that the St. Marys had risen nearly feet in the past 24 hours, standing at 21.2 feet at 7 a.m. today. The National Weather Service told officials here that a crest of 22.7 feet is expected by around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Flood stage in Decatur is 17 feet.
Like son, like father.
At Monday's meeting of the Adams County commissioners, the three executives voted unanimously to name Julius Quinones of Decatur as the assistant county veterans' affairs officer so he can fill in for his son, Vince, the service officer, while his son is called up for active duty in the Middle East with the U.S. Air Force.
The younger Quinones, who is an E8 (first sergeant), said he will ship out on March 2 for six months of service that will give him 31 years overall.
January 16, 2011, was just another ordinary day to most people. But for Michelle Colbert and her 17-year-old daughter, Alissa, it was a day they will never forget.
Officials at Adams Memorial Hospital have announced that Dr. Kristin Haushalter of Fort Wayne Dermatology Consultants Inc. will be coming to Adams Memorial’s Cancer Institute on the first Monday of each month to see dermatology patients.
Dr. Haushalter will offer a full array of dermatological services to help patients maintain healthy skin, including the treatment of acne, moles, psoriasis, rashes, skin cancers, warts, and wrinkles, according to a hospital spokesperson.
UPDATE: Adams County went to code yellow at noon Friday then the code yellow was dropped shortly before 4 p.m..
County EMA Director John August said at 10 a.m. Friday that winds had lessened enough to allow county road crews to begin plowing out roads, many of which were impassable this morning.
A rural Decatur farmer, Mike Crosby, who recently became a winner in a program called America's Farmers Grow Communities (AFGC), designated that the $2,500 amount he won be turned over to St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School in northern Adams County.
The AFGC program is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to let farmers select nonprofit recipients for the money the farmers win, a news release said.
Decatur and Adams County, along with northern Indiana, are under a winter storm warning. At 1 p.m Thursday, the National Weather Service updated its warning with the following information:
A wintery mix of sleet and snow is expected to begin about 7 p.m. Thursday.
As the storm continues, freezing rain and sleet are expected south of a line that roughly falls through Bluffton and Decatur in Indiana and Van Wert in Ohio.