Blanchard reaches moderate flood stage

The Blanchard River, fueled by melting snow and a rainstorm Thursday, crested in Findlay just above “moderate” flood stage Sunday morning.

The weekend flooding prompted officials to close several roadways in Findlay and Hancock County and resulted in at least one water rescue Saturday night.

By 11 p.m. Sunday, the river had dropped to barely above flood stage at 11.07 feet.

The Blanchard crested at 12.19 feet at 6:45 a.m. Sunday. Flood stage begins at 11 feet and moderate flood stage begins at 12 feet.

Several roadways remained closed because of high water late Sunday.

According to the Findlay Police Department website, the following streets were reported closed at 11 p.m. Sunday: South River Road from Broad Avenue to Hancock County 140; Howard Street between Broad Avenue and west Walmart entrance; Stanford Parkway ­from Westfield Drive to South River Road; East Main Cross Street from Marcelle Avenue to Bright Road and from South Blanchard Street to Osborn Avenue including underneath the bridge; and the Hancock County 236 and Ohio 568 intersection.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported the following roads were closed as of 9:30 p.m. Sunday: Marion Township 208 from Marion Township 241 to Marion Township 234; Hancock County 86 from Blanchard Township 51 to Hancock County 16; Ohio 568 from Hancock County 180 to Marion Township 237; Ohio 235 from Hancock County 86 to U.S. 224 in Blanchard Township; Marion Township 244 from Marion Township 207 to Marion Township 173; Blanchard Township 123 from Hancock County 86 to U.S. 224; and Hancock County 16 from Blanchard Township 20 to U.S. 224.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Vanlue Fire Department and Findlay Fire Department responded to a water rescue at 9:52 p.m. Saturday near Ohio 568, west of Hancock County 237.

A Ford Mustang driven by an 18-year-old Carey man and carrying a female juvenile passenger stalled out in the water, according to the sheriff’s office. The occupants pushed the car to dry ground and awaited rescue.

The driver was cited for disobeying a traffic control device, having ignored road closed signs.

In Ottawa, the Blanchard River reached the flood stage of 23 feet at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. By 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the river had reached 25.35 feet, which is still considered minor flooding.

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