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Eagle, Lye creeks at minor flood stage; Blanchard River still rising

Swollen by rain and melting snow, Eagle Creek and Lye Creek near Findlay are at minor flood stage, the National Weather Service reports.

At 8 p.m. today, Eagle Creek’s level was at 9.62 feet, above its predicted crest. Minor flood stage on Eagle Creek starts at 9 feet.

The weather service said ice may be jamming up along Eagle Creek, causing some backwater flooding along portions of the creek.

When the creek reaches 9 feet, water reaches portions of Fremont and Graceland avenues. Moderate flood stage on the creek begins at 10 feet. At that level, floodwater reaches portions of South Blanchard Street and Brookside Drive.

Lye Creek near Findlay also is at minor flood stage, which starts at 6 feet. At 8 p.m. today, the creek level was 6.24 feet.

The Blanchard River at Findlay, also swollen by Thursday’s rainfall and melting snow,  remains  under a flood warning, with a crest of 11.6 feet predicted for Saturday morning. Minor flood stage begins at 11 feet.

The river’s level was 8.58 feet at 8 p.m. today, and rising.

An earlier forecast had predicted that after rainstorms came through Thursday night, the river would crest today at 12.2 feet, or at moderate flood stage. About four-tenths of an inch of rain fell on Findlay on Thursday.

Although the river’s expected crest has been lowered, the weather service warned that high water on the frozen river will cause “ice to break up or become jammed. Ice jams are very unpredictable, causing sharp river rises and falls.”

In Putnam County, a flood warning has been extended for the Auglaize River near Fort Jennings. At 6 p.m. today, the river level was 11.21 feet and rising. Flood stage is 13 feet.

Minor flooding is expected. The weather service predicts the river will crest near flood stage early Saturday afternoon. At 13 feet, the river floods some nearby farmland.

No more rain is in the immediate forecast for the region. There is a chance of snow showers tonight and through the weekend, according to the weather service.

 

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