The National Weather Service office in North Webster is predicting only minor flooding will occur in Adams County as the St. Marys and Wabash Rivers are now expected to crest at levels significantly lower than were forecast earlier in the recently-completed weekend.
The St. Marys River, swollen by 2.3 inches of rain over the weekend and further fueled by melting snow runoff, is expected to crest at 20.0 feet at 7 a.m. Christmas day, according to the revised NWS forecast.
A flood warning issued this morning by the NWS said the river stood at 14.6 feet and rising at 10 p.m. Sunday as the river rose steadily throughout the weekend. On Friday afternoon the St. Marys River stood at 3.39 feet, according to officials at the city of Decatur wastewater treatment plant. By this morning at 7 a.m. the river had swollen to 14.91 feet.
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