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‘When every river turned against us’

November 12, 2013

A private showing of the documentary “When Every River Turned Against Us” was held Monday evening at Woodcrest retirement center. Former Mayor Fred Isch, shown above, was featured prominently in the 30-minute film. Photo by J Swygart

    The city of Decatur is featured prominently in a soon-to-be released documentary that focuses on two statewide battles against flooding more than 100 years apart.
    The 30-minute program, "When Every River Turned Against Us — Lessons from the Great 1913 Flood," attempts to show what communities have learned in the wake of the Great Easter Flood a century ago. A five-minute segment of the film focuses on Decatur and the assistance it provided residents in the local flooding disaster of 2003.
    The documentary was produced by Gary Harrison, an independent film maker who has previously worked with Indianapolis Public Broadcast System station WYFI. The episode was made possible by grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
    An invitation-only screening of the film was held Monday evening at Woodcrest retirement community. On hand for the showing were several residents featured in the documentary, including former Mayor Fred Isch.
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