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River crests at 19.9

December 1, 2011

    The St. Marys River crested at 19.9 feet in Decatur late Wednesday morning and was receding very slowly this morning.
    City weather station officials said this morning that the river stood at 19.8 feet at 7 a.m. today. Although its flood stage is 17 feet, the river causes no significant problems until it passes 20 feet.
    The river should continue to recede since there has been no precipitation in the Decatur area in over 24 hours and none is expected before Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
    December began this morning in Decatur under mostly sunny skies. The temperature stood at 28 degrees at 7 a.m. after a low of 26, and was forecast to climb to near 40 degrees for a high. Tonight's low will be around 27, the weather bureau said.
    Friday is likely to be just like today, and Saturday will be a little warmer, then there is a 60 percent chance of rain
    Saturday night, with a tenth to a quarter of an inch expected.
    Rain chances for Sunday are pegged at 60 percent.

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