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River below 20 feet; threat eases

March 7, 2011

FILL 'EM UP... Sandbags were being filled Friday in the Adams County Waste Transfer Station on County Rd. 200 East. (Photo by Eric Mann)

    Floodwaters were continuing to recede in Decatur and Adams County today and at this time, the National Weather Service sees no major threat from rainfall now forecast to return Tuesday night.
    The St. Marys River was down to 19.2  feet in Decatur this morning, after having crested at 22.49 feet on Thursday — a fall of more than three feet. The only weekend precipitation here came Saturday, .22 of an inch.
    US 224 at Jackson St. was reopened to traffic slightly before 4 p.m. Friday.
    The Decatur area remains under a flood warning.
    No rain is likely through Tuesday afternoon, the weather bureau said, but there is a 70 percent chance of rain that night, with a quarter to half an inch said possible.
    Wednesday will bring a 90 percent chance of rain, with a thunderstorm and heavy rainfall said possible. Winds may reach 20 to 25 mph, forecasters said, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chances of rain at night are said to be 50 percent, with rain and snow possibly mixed.
    A slight chance of snow exists for Thursday and a slight chance of rain Saturday; otherwise, no more precipitation is seen through the weekend. No rain is likely through Tuesday afternoon, the weather bureau said, but there is a 70 percent chance of rain that night, with a quarter to half an inch said possible.
    Highs in the low 50s are expected Tuesday and Wednesday, dropping back to the low 40s on Thursday, forecasters said.
    
Sandbags ready
    Sandbags were being filled Friday in the Adams County Waste Transfer Station on County Rd. 200 East.
    A steel structure made several years ago fills four bags at once as men standing on a platform tamp sand into bags. Other people then tie the bags and others stack them on pallets for easier transport.
    Each bag weighs about 60 pounds. Some 5,000 bags were made Thursday and Friday and the process was continuing.
    County Emergency Management Director John August, who was helping tie the bags, thanked Universal Metalcraft for making the fill machine, Meshberger Brothers for donating sand, Fleetwood RV for donating pallets, and the Red Cross for providing lunch for the workers.
    August said people from Portland borrowed the steel structure on Monday and Tuesday to fight a much worse flood in that city.

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