River level tumbles at Findlay, going down at Ottawa

The Blanchard River level has tumbled at Findlay after cresting Friday at 16.5 feet, the National Weather Service says.

At 10 p.m. today the river level at Findlay was 4.19 feet, 12 feet below the crest.

At Findlay, minor flood stage starts at 11 feet, moderate flood stage starts at 12 feet and major flood stage begins at 13.5 feet.

Downstream at Ottawa, the Blanchard River level was down to 25.55 feet at 10:30 p.m. today, which is considered minor flooding there. The river apparently crested at Ottawa on Saturday at 27.55 feet.

Minor flood stage at Ottawa starts at 23 feet, and moderate flood stage begins at 27 feet.

At 27 feet, flooding affects downtown Ottawa and the south side of the village. High water was reported on parts of U.S. 224 and Ohio 65 in Ottawa.

The weather service expects the river to fall below flood stage at Ottawa by early Monday.

The flooding occurred after 3 to 5 inches of rain fell on the area Wednesday night.

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