Storms hit city, county
Adams County was almost floating today after a series of thunderstorms drove through the region as one of the wettest springs in local history continues.
The worst-off appear to be the area's farmers, who have been unable to plant crops due to the continual muddy conditions in fields.
Decatur and Adams County emerged mostly unscathed but drenched from the seemingly endless storms which rolled through the area during a period of 10 top 12 hours on Wednesday afternoon and early this morning.
There was some damage in the county, but no injuries.
Decatur weather station officials recorded 1.58 inches of rain, giving the city a total of 3.14 inches in the past three days.
In Monroe, just over two inches was measured by town council President Al Lehman at his home, including 1.2 inches in about 30 minutes.
Berne recorded 1.25 inches and Geneva had .84 of an inch.
The National Weather Service posted a flash flood watch for the Fort Wayne area after the city received 2.39 inches of rain, a record for the date.
At Monroe, approximately 500 sandbags were in use today at some homes, according to Adams County Emergency Agency Management Director John August, who said additional filled bags are available in front of the Adams County Waste Transfer Station on County Rd, 200 East for anyone who wants them.
A large, old barn on the farm of Shaun and Kim Fosnaugh, 7130 S. County Rd. 550 East in Jefferson Township, collapsed around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday when, as he said today, "a huge dust wall" came from west to east at fast speed, with high wind.
Fosnaugh said he and his wife ran into their house and hid, then when the storm passed, their barn was down and a smaller barn had suffered roof damage.
In the big barn were about 300 bales of hay, a hay wagon, a manure spreader, and a four-wheel off-road vehicle.
Around 9 p.m., a radio report from the sheriff's department said a car was caught in deep water on County Rd. 000 south of CR 100 South, but the driver managed to get out safely.
Today, Shaun Roe, the county's assistant highway superintendent, said all roads were open.
At Decatur, the St. Marys River was at 18.6 feet this morning, that was a rise of over a foot from the previous day's reading gof 17.4 feet.
Tornado sirens were sounded once in Decatur, during daytime, and in Berne. Southern Adams County was placed under tornado warnings twice, at approximately 6 p.m. and midnight, although the latter was rescinded in about 10 minutes as the storm cell weakened.
In next-door Van Wert County, Ohio, another tornado touched down yesterday, ripped the roof off of a shed, and knocked down five utility poles. No one was hurt.
It marked the second touchdown in two days.
Rick McCoy, the Van Wert County emergency management director, said the twister was the 24th to touch ground in that county in the 20 years he has held that job — the highest number of tornado landings in any county in Ohio or Indiana during that length of time.