Blanchard River Flooding in Findlay and Ottawa

posted by Bryce Hamrick - 

Lima, OH (WIMA) - The Blanchard River level in Findlay has crested at 16.5 feet, which is 3 feet above major flood stage.

The last time the Blanchard River rose above major flood stage in Findlay was in December of 2013.

An emergency operations center is up and running.

The Red Cross is offering assistance to anyone who seeks them out.

The city and the county are offering sand bags at several locations.

Hancock County remains on a Level 2 flood advisory.

Putnam County officials gathered on Thursday in Ottawa, as they prep for the flooding that is happening in Findlay to come downstream and affect them.

The Blanchard River at Ottawa is expected to crest at around a little over 27 feet on Saturday morning.

US 224 going into Ottawa is now closed due to high waters.

More road closures throughout the county are expected this weekend.

Major flooding took place in 1997, again in 2007, and now the 10 year pattern appears to be happening all over again.

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