Creeks reach flood stage

Swollen by Thursday’s rain and melting snow, Eagle Creek and Lye Creek near Findlay were both at minor flood stage Friday night, the National Weather Service reported.

Both creeks feed into the Blanchard River at Findlay. The river was still rising and was expected to reach minor flood stage today.

At 11 p.m. Friday, Eagle Creek’s level was 9.75 feet. Minor flood stage starts at 9 feet.

The weather service predicted the creek would crest overnight at 9.9 feet, just below moderate flood stage, then fall today.

The weather service said high water would cause ice on the creek to break up or become jammed. Ice jams “are very unpredictable,” causing creek and river levels to rise and fall, the weather service said.

When Eagle Creek climbs to 9 feet, water reaches portions of Fremont and Graceland avenues in Findlay. Moderate flood stage on the creek begins at 10 feet. At that level, floodwater reaches portions of South Blanchard Street and Brookside Drive.

Lye Creek near Findlay also was at minor flood stage, which starts at 6 feet. The creek apparently crested late Friday at 6.27 feet.

The Blanchard River at Findlay remains under a flood warning until tonight.

Minor flood stage at Findlay starts at 11 feet, and the river was expected to crest near 11.8 feet this morning, then fall below flood stage tonight.

At 11 p.m. Friday, the river level was 9.09 feet.

At an 11-foot level, water reaches areas in Findlay near Riverside Park, East Main Cross Street, Hancock County 140, South River Road, Howard Street, and other low-lying roads near the river.

About four-tenths of an inch of rain fell on Findlay on Thursday. The rain and melting snow washed over roads in the region and into some basements, and drained into ice-covered creeks and rivers.

In Putnam County, a flood warning has been extended for the Auglaize River near Fort Jennings. At 11 p.m. Friday, the river level was 12.09 feet and rising. Flood stage is 13 feet.

Minor flooding is expected. The weather service predicted the river will crest near flood stage early this afternoon. At 13 feet, the river floods some nearby farmland.

No more rain is in the immediate forecast for the region. There is a chance of snow showers through the weekend, according to the weather service.


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