Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


December 21, 2013

Heavy rainfall predicted; officials urge caution

GREENSBURG — Heavy rain was forecasted to begin falling in Decatur County and continue falling through Sunday; meteorologists at the National Weather Service are calling for five inches to hit the area by the end of the weekend.

On Thursday, Decatur County Emergency Management Director Rob Duckworth told the Daily News the EMA is well prepared for such conditions, but is taking additional measures to be ready.

Duckworth and other EMA personnel were in Indianapolis Friday picking up 5,000 sandbags from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Those 5,000 will be added to another 5,000 bags already in the EMA’s possession. Of those 10,000 sandbags, only 200 currently have sand in them, but, according to Duckworth, the EMA is making arrangements to fill them.

When filled, Duckworth explained, the bags “are designed to prevent damage to critical infrastructure.”

As to where the filled bags might be placed, Duckworth explained there’s no definite blueprint as to where to put them. Instead, the barricades will be strategically placed based on need.

“We’ll have to look at requests from local government, of course,” the director added.

The only area where the sandbags will automatically be placed is the Decatur County Courthouse, where the sally port exit-and-entrance for prisoners tends to flood.

In the county, Duckworth anticipates that County Road 150 West off 421 (also known as Moscow Road), might experience some flooding and that the flood-prone intersection of Highway 46 (Main Street) and Lincoln may well prove problematic. Beyond these, however, Duckworth doesn’t anticipate any major issues with flooding, but that’s the reason for the sandbags: For any unforeseen standing-water problems that might pop-up from significant amounts of rainfall.

Unfortunately, there aren’t enough bags available for individual home or business owners to borrow in the event of localized flooding.

Duckworth called on Decatur Countians to exercise caution and “common sense” when dealing with the coming rains.

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