Blanchard flood warning continues

A National Weather Service flood warning continued early today for the Blanchard River at Findlay, after rain and melting snow threatened to overload the frozen waterway.
About four-tenths of an inch of rain fell Thursday, according to measurements at the Findlay Airport.
It was unclear if more rain was coming early today. Weather service radar showed no more storms west of Findlay at 12:30 a.m.
The weather service was forecasting the Blanchard River would crest in Findlay at 12.2 feet, or just above moderate flood stage, this afternoon.
The river level was at 2.05 feet at 11 p.m. Thursday, according to the weather service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. The river was forecast to rise above minor flood stage of 11 feet this morning and fall below flood stage early Saturday, if ice jams did not cause complications.
If the river level reaches 12 feet, floodwaters will affect low-lying roads and areas along the river, including South River Road, Howard Street, East Main Cross Street, and Blanchard Street between East Main Cross and East Sandusky streets.
Mayor Lydia Mihalik’s office provided an update on its Facebook page, saying the rain and melting snow could produce flash-flooding in areas.
Ice jams along the still-frozen Blanchard River are also of concern, and the city asked residents who notice anything out of the ordinary about the breakup of river ice to call 419-424-7137.
The weather service also issued a flood warning for the Auglaize River at Fort Jennings until late Sunday night.
The Auglaize River was expected to crest near 13.2 feet, or just above minor flood stage, early Saturday morning and fall below flood stage early Sunday morning.
Minor flooding is forecast, which may lead to water covering low-lying areas and roads along the river in southwestern Putnam County.
Additionally, a wind advisory is in effect for northwestern Ohio until 7 p.m. today. Winds of 20 to 35 mph are expected today, with gusts up to 55 mph possible.


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