Flooding by Riley Creek swamped parts of Bluffton and Pandora on Friday, after heavy rains fell in the area.
Bluffton’s football field and tennis courts were awash, as was the baseball field at Pandora.
In Bluffton, floodwaters came across College Avenue, North Main Street, Cherry Street, and Bluffton University property, and poured into many basements.
Bluffton public schools canceled for the day.
The Ohio Department of Transportation shut down northbound Interstate 75 at Bluffton’s Bentley Road because of floodwaters covering the lanes. One of the southbound lanes was also closed by high water.
Those lanes reopened Friday afternoon.
Flooding also occurred in Hancock County as both Eagle Creek and the Blanchard River went over their banks.
Eagle Creek, which drains into the Blanchard River at Findlay, was receding Friday night after reaching its moderate flood stage.
The Blanchard River also appeared to be receding at Findlay after reaching its minor flood stage Friday.
Eagle Creek reached a height of 10.14 feet about 3 p.m. Friday. By 11 p.m. the creek level was 7.7 feet, below its minor flood stage.
At 9 feet, Eagle Creek overruns its banks and begins to inundate portions of Fremont and Graceland avenues in Findlay. Water also reaches a field near Rosemont Drive.
At 10 feet, creek floodwater affects portions of South Blanchard Street, Brookside Drive, Fremont and Graceland avenues. The intersections of Beechmont Drive with Fairmont and Rosemont Drives flood.
The Blanchard River at Findlay rose above its minor flood stage, 11 feet, and reached 11.47 feet by 8 p.m. Friday.
The river later appeared to be receding, falling to 11.3 feet by 11 p.m.
These are areas that can be affected by river flooding:
8 feet: Water covers low-lying portions of South River Road and Howard Street on the west side of Findlay.
9 feet: Flooding occurs on low-lying roads along the river west of Findlay, including County Road 140.
10 feet: Water reaches East Main Cross Street near Lye Creek.
11 feet: Flooding impacts areas near Riverside Park and East Main Cross Street in Findlay.
Measurements taken at the Findlay Airport indicate that 2 inches of rain fell on the Findlay area Thursday night and early Friday.
More rain fell in some areas.
The chance of precipitation is 30 percent today, with new precipitation of less than a tenth of an inch, according to the National Weather Service.
Tonight, the chance of precipitation is 90 percent, with new rainfall between a half-inch and three-quarters of an inch, the weather service said.