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Moderate flooding possible for Blanchard River on Friday

Rain Thursday could cause the Blanchard River to rise to moderate flood stage at Findlay on Friday, the National Weather Service says.

The weather service’s latest estimate shows a possible Findlay crest of 12.1 feet on Friday night, which would put the river just above moderate flood stage.

Findlay is expected to receive between a half-inch and one inch of rain Thursday and Thursday night from showers and thunderstorms moving through the area. The rain, combined with snow melt, could lead to flooding along the Blanchard River.

If the river level reaches 12 feet, floodwaters would affect streets and roads along the river, including Howard Street; South River Road; Hancock County 140; East Main Cross Street near Lye Creek and Riverside Park; and River Street and Apple Alley on the west side of Findlay.

Further downstream, the Blanchard River is currently estimated to crest at Ottawa on Saturday night at 23.1 feet, which is the beginning of minor flood stage there.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of northwestern Ohio, starting Thursday.

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