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Blanchard River: ‘Moderate’ flood stage expected

The Blanchard River is expected to reach “moderate” flood stage of 13.2 feet today at Findlay, after rainstorms drenched the region.
About 1.5 inches of rain fell on the Findlay area Thursday, according to measurements taken at the Findlay Airport, and more rain was expected overnight and today.
The region’s saturated soil isn’t able to absorb the moisture, and the water is quickly running into creeks and rivers. The Blanchard River level had climbed to 9.11 feet by 3 a.m. today.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning, and predicted the river would rise above its 11-foot flood stage this morning and climb to 13.2 feet by tonight.
The river will fall below flood stage by Saturday afternoon, the weather service said.
“Major” flooding starts at 13.5 feet at Findlay.
When the river reaches 11 feet, floodwater reaches areas near Riverside Park and East Main Cross Street in Findlay.
At 12 feet, water reaches River Street and Apple Alley on the west side of Findlay, Blanchard Street between Sandusky and Main Cross streets, and several streets south of Clinton Court near Riverside Park.
At 13 feet, water reaches East Sandusky Street, Main Cross Street, Clinton Court, and many other streets near the river. Backwater affects residents living along Eagle and Lye creeks.
If the river level reaches major flood stage of 13.5 feet, water blocks Martin Luther King Parkway and part of Blanchard Avenue.
More rain was expected overnight and today. The weather service said between a tenth-inch and a quarter-inch was possible overnight, followed by another quarter-inch to half-inch today.
Drier weather is predicted for the weekend, but rain is expected to return Monday.
In Putnam County, the weather service predicted minor flooding by the Blanchard River at Ottawa and by the Auglaize River near Fort Jennings.
At Ottawa, the Blanchard River level was 16.37 feet and rising at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Flood stage at Ottawa is 23 feet.
The weather service said the river level will rise above flood stage at Ottawa early Saturday, crest near 24.5 feet about 2 a.m. Sunday, then fall below flood stage early Monday.
At 25 feet, flooding begins along South Walnut and West Second streets on Ottawa’s south side.
The Auglaize River flood stage is 13 feet near Fort Jennings, and the weather service predicted the river would rise above flood stage this morning and crest near 15.3 feet about 8 a.m. Saturday, then fall below flood stage Sunday morning.
The river level was 8.8 feet at 10 p.m. Thursday.
The predicted crest would be below moderate flood stage, which starts at 16 feet. At moderate flood stage, water reaches secondary roads and agricultural land, as well as homes near the Auglaize River.

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