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No flooding likely here at this time

December 5, 2011

    Having fallen substantially over the weekend, the St. Marys River was on the rise in Decatur again today. But, at this time, no major flooding is expected.
    Local weather station officials were informed by the National Weather Service this morning that the St. Marys is expected to crest here at 18.7 feet around 1 a.m. Friday.
    The river's flood stage is 17 feet, but it causes no significant flooding problems until surpassing 20 feet.
    The river stood at 17.1 feet at 7 a.m. today after over half an inch of weekend rain. The city weather station recorded .48 of an inch on Sunday and .1 on Saturday.
    The area remains under a flood warning as rain was continuing to fall in Decatur today.
    The weather bureau said chances of rain here today are 100 percent, with up to a quarter of an inch possible. Rain and snow are likely before 10 tonight, forecasters continued, then snow between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Less than half an inch of new snow is said possible.
    The good news is that no more precipitation is seen through Friday.
    Winds are another problem today. The weather bureau said a north wind between 10 and 15 mph is probable today and tonight, with gusts up to 20  mph.
    After a high of 41 today, highs will drop back into the mid- to upper-30s the next few days here, forecasters said, with lows in the 20s.

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