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224 reopening is likely today -- River contnues to recede

January 16, 2013

A City of Decatur truck was scooping water off E. Monroe St. on Tuesday morning. The street was reopened to traffic shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday. (Photo by J Swygart)

    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.
    City Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert was with Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials when they looked over US 224 in the area of the Jackson St. intersection at 5:30 a.m. today.
    "They didn't reopen it then, but I think it will be probably around noon when they do," Gilbert said at 8 a.m. "They want it (the water) to get a little lower to make sure the berm is okay."
    E. Monroe St. was reopened around 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday and this morning, Gilbert said, "It is high and dry."
    Meanwhile, the National Weather Service continues to pump out forecasts without rain mentioned for this area. The next possibility of rain, here the weather bureau said today, is 30 percent chance on Sunday night.
    On another positive note, all stranded vehicles in Decatur and on county roads have been removed.

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