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Hancock County flooding leads to State of Emergency

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Officials expected the water to crest at just over 14 feet. Officials expected the water to crest at just over 14 feet.
Emergency officials also understand the necessity of preparedness. Emergency officials also understand the necessity of preparedness.

As of 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Hancock County Emergency Management put the county in a level two flood advisory. Meaning roadways are extremely hazardous and should only be traveled on if absolutely necessary.

Officials expected the water to crest at just over 14 feet. However, early this morning, measurements were already at 13.7 feet, meaning flooding has the potential of getting worse in the county.

“There's been a significant amount of flooding just south of us inside our watershed in the basin," states Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik. "The National Weather Service is computing all of that data so they can give us an update rather soon. What we're telling folks is we are really looking at a major flooding event in access of 14-feet.

Officials don't expect water to build anywhere near the 2007 flood, but that event allowed the public to learn how to prepare and resources they have at their disposal.

“It was terrible. We lost pretty much everything in our house," describes Findlay resident Andrew Orr. "The water was halfway up my garage, so rather than take a chance, we're just going to go ahead and be safe.

“If you need sandbags, you can get them at Parker Lumber Building. Down at Crawford and Southwest Street. People are very familiar with that unfortunately. But really, we're just turning into preparation mode for a potential major emergency in our community," says Mihalik.

Emergency officials also understand the necessity of preparedness.

“We use to do a lot of rescues down in an area here, and those houses are all gone. We don't do those rescues as much anymore. I'm sure there will still be problems with people driving through water, and things like that," says Findlay firefighter Tim Hassan.

The Red Cross will also hand out flood cleaning kits for those in need.

50 North, at 339 East Melrose Avenue in Findlay, will be used as a Respite Center for anyone affected by the flooding.

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