Getting back to normalcy
All highways and streets are open, the St. Marys River continues to recede and Decatur residents are mostly back to normal today after one of the worst flooding episodes in the city's history.
City weather station officials said this morning that the river had fallen to 19.44 feet, nearly four feet under its Monday night crest of 23.31 feet and a drop of nearly two feet from Wednesday morning's reading of 21.37 feet.
That crest was one of the highest in history. The all-time record is 26.92 feet on July 9 of 2003, and the record prior to that was 24.07 feet in 1992.
US 224 at the Bellmont High School entrance/exit was reopened to traffic at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, following an inspection by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). E. Monroe St. had been reopened the previous afternoon.
Even with the receding waters, another rescue was necessary on Wednesday.
Decatur firefighters were dispatched at 10:37 a.m. to assist the Poe Volunteer Fire Department in the rescue on CR 1200 (county line road), between US 27 and Winchester Rd., after the driver of a vehicle entered a high water area and was stranded.
Firefighters were able to use a rescue boat to reach the driver, who walked away from the scene without injury, according to a spokesperson for the department. Crews returned to the station at 11:51 a.m.
The river will continue to recede as no rain is in the forecast until a 30 percent chance on Sunday night. Bitter cold is in the offing, however, with the National Weather Service saying highs will be in the teens and lows in the single digits starting Sunday night or Monday.