UPDATED: Blanchard River reaches minor flood stage

As rainfall slowed, the swollen Blanchard River and other waterways in the region continued to rise, and the river reached minor flood stage at Findlay late Friday.
The Blanchard River at Findlay was at 11.37 feet and rising as of 1 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. The expected crest was 11.7 feet this morning.
The river is expected to fall below flood stage tonight.
Minor flood stage at Findlay begins at a height of 11 feet. Moderate flood stage starts at 12 feet, and major flood stage begins at 13.5 feet.
When the river level reaches 8 feet, water covers low-lying portions of South River Road and Howard Street on the west side of Findlay.
At 9 feet, flooding occurs on low-lying roads along the river west of Findlay, including Hancock County 140.
At 10 feet, water reaches East Main Cross Street near Lye Creek.
At 11 feet, flooding affects areas near Riverside Park and East Main Cross Street.
Flooding was also occurring along Eagle Creek, which flows into the Blanchard at Findlay. The creek’s level was 10.13 feet at 1 a.m. today. The weather service predicted it would rise to the moderate flood level of 10.2 feet overnight, then fall below flood stage this morning.
At 9 feet, Eagle Creek overruns its banks and begins to inundate portions of Fremont and Graceland avenues. Water also floods a field near Rosemont Drive.
At 10 feet, water from the creek reaches portions of South Blanchard Street and Brookside Drive. The intersections of Beechmont Drive with Fairmont and Rosemont Drives flood.
Lye Creek, which also feeds into the Blanchard River at Findlay, was at minor flood stage, too. The creek level fell slightly to 6.33 feet at 1 a.m. today, above minor flood stage of 6 feet.
About 1.26 inches of rain fell Thursday on Findlay, according to measurements taken at the Findlay Airport, and another 1.12 inches came down Friday.
Little rain was expected overnight and today.
Downstream at Ottawa, the Blanchard River was at 23.42 feet and rising as of 12:30 a.m. today. Minor flood stage at Ottawa starts at 23 feet, and a crest of 24.6 feet was forecast for this evening, according to the weather service.
At 23 feet, lowland flooding occurs mainly in south Ottawa. Floodwater also gets into low farmlands.
At 25 feet, flooding begins along south Walnut and west Second streets on the south side of Ottawa.
In western Putnam County, the Auglaize River at Fort Jennings was at 14.17 feet and rising as of 10:15 p.m. Friday. A crest of 15.8 feet was expected today by the weather service, placing the river near its moderate flood stage.
Minor flood stage starts at 13 feet and moderate flooding on the Auglaize River begins at 16 feet.



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