Blanchard River stops short of flood stage at Findlay

The rain-swollen Blanchard River did not reach flood stage at Findlay when it crested Friday afternoon at 10.3 feet, National Weather Service measurements show.

After 1.5 inches of rain fell on the region Thursday, the weather service had predicted the river level at Findlay would rise past the 11-foot flood stage and reach 13.2 feet on Friday. The 13-foot level is considered moderate flood stage, and is just below major flood stage, which starts at 13.5 feet.

However, little additional rain fell Thursday night and Friday. Only about one-tenth of an inch of rain was recorded at the Findlay Airport, and the river’s rise halted.

While the river did not reach flood stage at Findlay, minor flooding was expected downstream at Ottawa.

Flood stage there is 23 feet, and the river level at 10:30 p.m. Friday was 22.41 feet and rising. The weather service predicted the river would crest at 23 feet about 2 p.m. Saturday.

At that level, lowland flooding occurs mainly in southern Ottawa. Floodwater also gets into low farmlands.

Elsewhere in Putnam County, minor flooding was occurring Friday night on the Auglaize River near Fort Jennings, the weather service reported.

Flood stage there is 13 feet, and the river level was at 14.1 feet and rising at 9 p.m. Friday.

The weather service predicted the Auglaize would crest at about 14.2 feet overnight and fall below flood stage by 1 p.m. Saturday.

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