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City officials say no threat of flooding here

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings Saturday for Adams, Allen, Huntington, Wells and Whitley counties in Indiana and Paulding and Van Wert counties in Ohio.

In Fort Wayne, city officials said the rain had been a slow drizzle that melted the existing snow slowly and the sewers were easily able to handle the runoff, preventing street flooding.

Also, river levels in the city were down, which lessened any threat of flooding, officials said.

Fort Wayne International Airport had received an inch of rain by 7:20 p.m. Saturday night. The heaviest rain Saturday night was expected to be southeast of U.S. 24.

The National Weather Service said 1 to 2 inches of rain had already fallen in some areas by 7 p.m., and an additional 1 to 2 inches could fall Saturday night. The ground was saturated and the additional rain could cause flooding.

According to the weather service, the St. Marys River near Decatur is expected to rise above flood stage Sunday afternoon and continue to rise until the afternoon of Christmas Day, when it will crest at 21.4 feet. Flood stage is 17 feet.

When the river hits 21.5 feet, water affects U.S. 224, Piqua Road, Ohio Route 49 as well as streets on the east side of Decatur.

In Huntington County, a flood warning has also been issued for the Little River near Huntington from Sunday morning until Monday night. Flood stage on the river is 15 feet. The river is expected to crest at 16.5 feet around 4 p.m. Sunday but fall below flood stage by 3 a.m. Monday. Moderate flooding was taking place Saturday afternoon and some secondary roads were blocked by floodwaters, officials said.

Indiana conservation officers want to warn the public of the dangers associated with driving through flood waters. They said residents who live or travel through areas prone to flooding should use extreme caution and follow these tips.

Never drive around barricades at water covered roadways.

Do not drive through flowing water.

Drive with care at night. This is when it may be difficult to see barricades or flowing water.

If you choose to abandon your vehicle, prepare for the fast moving water and seek higher ground immediately.

Always travel with a fully charged cell phone.

Turn Around. Don't Drown

fgray@jg.net

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