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River nears expected crest; more rain seen

March 2, 2011

DIVERSION ... Traffic was being diverted down E. Monroe St. Tuesday afternoon after floodwaters closed the US 224-Jackson St. intersection. Some water was over E. Monroe St. this morning, but it was passable, officials reported. (Photo by Eric Mann)

    "For the most part, nothing has really changed overnight except we had a little water on E. Monroe St.," Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at 7:45 a.m. today.
    E. Monroe St. was passable this morning and no water was on Monmouth and Piqua roads leading to Bellmont high and middle schools. US 224 at Jackson St. remained closed, however.
    North Adams officials had buses parked at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce lot off Jackson St. near First St. and was offering the option of bussing students and/or parents to the schools in the event they didn't wish to travel on E. Monroe St.
    The St. Marys River, meanwhile, was continuing to rise, although slowly. It stood at 22.26 feet at 7 a.m. today, up a foot from a 21.2-foot reading at the same time Tuesday.
    Local weather station officials said the river's rise was slowed due to the fact that it continues to spread out.
    The National Weather Service continues to predict a crest off 22.7 feet around 7 p.m. Thursday.
    The new concern is the rain in the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast. It is calling for a 50 percent chance of rain in the Decatur area Thursday night and Friday, and a 70 percent chance for Friday night and Saturday.

    The flooding was causing numerous traffic problems in Decatur and throughout Adams County.
    "For the most part, everyone seems to be complying,:" Gilbert said this morning. People attempting to travel through flood water "not only put themselves in jeopardy, but first responders as well," he added.
    Teams and fans arriving for Tuesday night's boys Sectional basketball games were diverted down E. Monroe St. if they traveled through Decatur.
    A number of roads in southern Adams County were closed by flooding of the Wabash River.
    US 33 was closed at Willshire as the village's main intersection was flooded, as it has been in the past.

    Adams County Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel this morning revealed a list of roads closed by the water, with one in the center of the county and 13 in the southern end, They are as follows:
    • CR 125 East between CR 1175 South and CR 1200 South, which is the Adams-Jay county line.
    • CR 1100 South, the former route of State Rd. 116.
    • CR 1000 South at CR 50 East.
    • CR 1200 South between US 27 and CR 300 West.
    • CR 150 West between CR 850 South and CR 950 South.
    • CR 850 South between US 27 and CR 150 West.
    • CR 800 South between CR 150 West and CR 250 West.
    • River Rd. at Linn Grove.
    • CR 300 West between CR 700 South and CR 850 South.
    • CR 400 West between CR 750 South and CR 800 South.
    • CR 700 South between CR 400 West and CR 500 West.
    • CR 500 West between CR 500 South and CR 700 South.
    • CR 400 South between CR 600 West and CR 700 West, which is the Adams-Wells county line.
    • CR 225 North, also called River Rd., near Pleasant Mills.
    Mitchel also said his department has reported some washouts along roadsides, but will repair more once the water goes down.

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