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20-foot river crest likely early Thursday

November 29, 2011

    The National Weather Service told local weather station officials late this morning that the St. Marys River is expected to crest at about 20 feet in Decatur around 8 a.m. on Thursday.
    The St. Marys stood at 16.1 feet at 7 a.m. today, just under its 17-foot flood stage. But the river is continuing to rise. The river measured 15.7 feet 24 hours earlier.
    Weather station officials said city received .93 of an inch of rain in the past 24 hours, to go along with the nearly .8 of an inch of weekend rain.
    With the ground already saturated in this area before the latest rains, the weather bureau has placed Decatur and Adams County, as well as much of the area under a flood warning.
    Forecasters said there is a 100 percent chance of more rain in our area today, and some of the precipitation could turn to snow.
    Tonight, though, could bring full-fledged snow, maybe even heavy at times, the weather bureau said, listing chances at 90 percent. One to two inches is said possible.
    That should be the end of the precipitation, though, as the weather bureau says Wednesday will be partly sunny, chilly and dry. In fact, there is no more mention of rain until Sunday.

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