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Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:27 pm

2017 is 3rd wettest year to date

ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne residents are now experiencing the third-wettest year-to-date on record, according to the National Weather Service.

Counting rain that fell by 9 a.m. today, Fort Wayne has had 21.85 inches of rain since Jan. 1– the most since the wettest year-to-date in 1950, when the comparable mark was 23.08, said meteorologist Patrick Murphy at the weather service office outside Syracuse.

Also, as of Wednesday, nearly 7.25 inches of rain had fallen at Fort Wayne this month – more than double the average total of 3.12 inches through May 24, he said.

The rain was also causing rising rivers and flood warnings to be issued, Murphy said.

The St. Mary's River at Decatur was anticipated to reach major flooding by 6 p.m. tonight, he said. Moderate flooding was expected on the St. Mary's in Fort Wayne overnight, he said.      

rsalter@jg.net