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Season’s first snowfall mixed with high water

November 30, 2011

    And it's not even December yet.
    Decatur and Adams County residents, along with much of northeastern Indiana, got a double dose of weather Tuesday, rain being followed by the first snowfall of the season.
    So, this morning, the St. Marys River was up, streets and roads were slick, and most schools were closed.
    Meanwhile, the Berne Fire Department pulled a driver from some high water early Tuesday evening.
    There is some good news in all this: the National Weather Service says no more precipitation is in the forecast before Saturday night.
    On top of all the rain of late, the Decatur recorded one inch of snow yesterday, pushing the St. Marys River to just under 20 feet, 19.9. National Weather Service officials this morning informed local weather station officials that the St. Mary should crest at just under 20 feet around 10 a.m. today.
    Although its flood stage is 17 feet, the St. Marys causes no significant problems until it begins surpassing 20 feet.
    A man was rescued from his vehicle Tuesday evening by the Berne firefighters after his vehicle went off the road and into high water on C.R. 500S near S.R. 218.
    The Adams County Sheriff's Department said this morning that it received a 911 call at 6:14 p.m. in regards to a vehicle in high water.  Berne Fire Chief Bill Grimm said firefighters were dispatched and in using a special rescue boat were able to get the driver out of the car without incident.
    The driver, who was not identified, reportedly was not injured.
    North Adams Schools was operating on a regular schedule this morning, but Adams Central and South Adams instituted two-hour delays, as did all three public school systems in Wells County. Jay County also was on its regular schedule.
    Indiana State Police spokesman Ron Galaviz said troopers from the Fort Wayne post had to contend with the driving behaviors of motorists while making their way through the onslaught of weather that Mother Nature threw their way yesterday.
    Galaviz said that in a 12-hour period from 2 p.m. Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday, troopers responded to and investigated a total of 16 vehicle crashes, nine of which involved personal injury. None of the nine were reported to have involved serious or life threatening injuries. 
    A total of 42 vehicle slideoffs were also reported and responded to.
    The Indiana State Police continues to advise motorists that the weather alone is not responsible for vehicle crashes or slideoffs, it is the driving behavior exhibited by motorists that do.

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