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Flooding in and around Ottawa

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Many streets in and around Findlay are water covered and closed off as the swollen Blanchard River experiences major flooding. Many streets in and around Findlay are water covered and closed off as the swollen Blanchard River experiences major flooding.
Many residents are stuck in their homes due to high water and may be there for several days. Many residents are stuck in their homes due to high water and may be there for several days.

The excess rain that led to flash flooding in Hancock and Hardin Counties is still causing issues in those areas, but the high water concerns have spread to Putnam County.

Many streets in and around Findlay are water covered and closed off as the swollen Blanchard River experiences major flooding. The result has been rising water levels downstream in Ottawa and surrounding areas. The Blanchard River has risen to 27 feet in Ottawa, 4 feet above flood stage. That has already led to many flooded streets, yards, and parks, mainly on the village's west side. State Route 224 is closed west of Ohio 65. The river is expected to continue rising over the next 36 hours before cresting at or above 28 feet sometime late Saturday, meaning upper-level moderate flooding in the Ottawa area. Many residents are stuck in their homes due to high water and may be there for several days. County and village officials urge you not to approach high water and say they are prepared for the event.

"Right now we're just expecting to see how high the water comes up. We are prepared, we do have the dive team ready to go, we've got our boat ready, we've got a military vehicle in case in the event we have to drive through high water, so we're also being prepared on our end," commented Sheriff Brian Siefker.

According to the sheriff's office, this is expected to be the fourth highest flooding event in Ottawa's history. To keep up with the latest road closures, you can check the Putnam County Ohio Sheriff's Office page on Facebook.

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