FORT WAYNE – The National Weather Service updated its river forecasts Monday, predicting minor flooding this week in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
None of the flooding is expected to cause any damage.
The St. Marys River in Decatur is expected to hit 22.7 feet on Thursday, which is nearing the level where homes and businesses could be affected. Flood stage is 17 feet; the river was at 18.9 feet and rising Monday.
Upstream in Rockford, Ohio, the St Marys is expected to hit 13.8 feet; flood stage there is 13 feet. Downstream in Fort Wayne, a crest of 16.8 feet is expected Friday morning. Flood stage is 14 feet; at 17 feet the river approaches Tillman Road on the citys south side.
Flooding on the St. Marys will be mitigated by lower levels on the St. Joseph, where a crest of 9.6 feet is forecast. Flood stage is 12 feet. Upstream on the St. Joseph at Newville, a crest of 11.4 feet is expected; flood stage there is 12 feet.
The Wabash River in Bluffton is forecast to hit 15.9 feet Wednesday. Thats 5.9 feet over flood stage, but most vulnerable structures in Bluffton have been removed. The Wabash at Linn Grove was expected to rise 3.4 feet over flood stage, but the river was dropping sharply Monday afternoon.
In Ohio, the Tiffin River at Stryker is forecast to hit 12.1 feet, over its flood stage of 11 feet. The Auglaize River in Defiance is expected to hit 23.1 feet early Wednesday, while the Maumee in Defiance is forecast to hit 10.9 feet. Flood stage on the Auglaize is 21 feet; on the Maumee it is 10 feet.