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UPDATE: Blanchard River level falls

The Blanchard River in Findlay is receding. By 8 p.m. Sunday, the river was down to 11.39 feet, which is considered minor flood stage

The river crested in Findlay at 6:45 a.m. Sunday at 12.19 feet, just above moderate flood stage.

At the 11-foot level, floodwaters reach areas in Findlay near Riverside Park, East Main Cross Street, Hancock County 140, South River Road, Howard Street, and other low-lying roads near the river.

At 12 feet, water reaches River Street and Apple Alley on the west side of Findlay, Blanchard Street between Sandusky and Main Cross streets, and several streets south of Clinton Court near Riverside Park.

High water has closed some roads in Findlay and Hancock County.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Vanlue and Findlay fire departments were dispatched at 9:52 p.m. Saturday for a water rescue on Ohio 568, west of Hancock County 237. A Ford Mustang driven by an 18-year-old Carey man and carrying a female passenger got stuck in the water and stalled. The occupants pushed the car to dry ground and awaited rescue. The driver was cited for disobeying a traffic control device, having ignored “road closed” signs.

While the Blanchard River rose Saturday, Eagle and Lye creeks, which both feed into the river at Findlay, fell below flood stage.

The creeks and the river were swollen by rain that fell Thursday, plus melting snow.

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