The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Blanchard River at Findlay from Friday morning until Saturday morning, with the weather service forecasting a crest of 12.2 feet by Friday evening.
The Blanchard River was at 1.91 feet as of 10 p.m. today, according to the weather service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. The river is forecast to rise above the minor flood stage of 11 feet on Friday morning and fall below flood stage on Saturday morning, depending on the presence of any ice jams.
Additional rain is expected this evening into early Friday morning, which, combined with melting snow, will cause the river to rise.
At 12 feet, floodwaters will affect low-lying roads and areas along the river, including South River Road, Howard Street, East Main Cross Street, and Blanchard Street between East Main Cross and East Sandusky streets.
So far today, three-tenths of an inch of rain has been recorded at the Findlay Airport by the National Weather Service. The weather service says another tenth of an inch to a quarter-inch of rain is possible tonight.
Mayor Lydia Mihalik’s office has provided an update on its Facebook page, saying the additional rain, combined with melting snow, will cause the river to rise and could produce flash flooding in areas.
Ice jams along the still-frozen Blanchard River are also of concern, and the city is asking residents who notice anything out of the ordinary with the breakup of the ice to call 419-424-7137.
The weather service has also issued a flood warning for the Auglaize River at Fort Jennings until late Sunday night.
The Auglaize River is expected to crest at near 14.8 feet early Saturday morning and fall below flood stage early Sunday morning. Minor flooding is forecast, which may lead to water covering low-lying areas and roads along the river in southwestern Putnam County.
Additionally, a wind advisory is in effect for northwestern Ohio until 7 p.m. Friday. The same cold front that may bring tonight’s rain and thunderstorms will also bring gusty winds after it passes through the area. Winds of 20 to 35 mph are expected later this evening into Friday, with gusts up to 55 mph possible.