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OHIO FLOODING - NOW - water is beginning to receed in most places.

UPDATED  July 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m..



Hancock County

The Blanchard River is currently receding from a crest of 16.53 ft, and sits this morning at just below 15 ft. The river is forecast to steadily recede over the course of July 15, and fall below “Major” flooding early on July 16. There have been no significant impacts reported leading up to and following the crest. The Hancock County EOC is not scheduled to open on July 15. However, county EMA staff will be maintaining awareness the receding waters throughout the day. The American Red Cross shelter in Findlay remains open for impacted residents. Hancock County issued a county declaration in response to the flooding impacts on July 13.


Licking County

The National Weather Service reports that the South Fork Licking River by Buckeye Lake has crested and is currently receding through Minor Flood Stage. The Ohio Department of Natural Resource reports that the Buckeye Lake Dam has not overtopped and there is no danger to Buckeye Dam despite the Kirkersville feeder canal in Licking County reached flood stage on July 13 during heavy rains. The water levels started to recede at 11:30 PM on July 13. Ohio Department Of Transportation has reported that I-70 reopened overnight, however, the ramps to SR-79 remain closed. The American Red Cross shelter in Hebron re-opened on July 14 to support voluntary evacuations of Buckeye Lake Estates (a campground/manufactured home community).


Putnam County

The National Weather Service reports that the Blanchard River is currently near crest at 27.31 ft; the County EMA does not expect the river to impact downtown Ottawa. Ohio Department Of Transportation reports that State Route 224 is closed between SR 65 and SR 115, with an estimated time of reopening of July 17. The county continues to monitor the Auglaize and Ottawa rivers. Putnam County EMA made sandbags available to residents to help with mitigation efforts as the river crests.


Montgomery County

Power Outages Affecting Water Systems

July 10-13:  In response to the widespread power outages, the Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) is providing assistance to impacted residential areas.


Hardin County

Flooding and Weather Impacts

July 13 Flooding led to sewage backing up in multiple locations at the Village of Dunkirk. There are reports of numerous road closures, but there are no current impacts to homes and businesses in the area.

Being monitored are the Blanchard River at Ottawa, and the Auglaize River that would impact the villages of Kalida and Fort Jennings. At this time only roadways have been impacted. There are numerous road closures but no impact to homes or business.


Muskingum County

1.2 inches of rain fell on July 13. Low areas and White Cottage experienced flooding.


Wyandot County

On July 13 Wyandot County EMA reported significant flooding impacts. Businesses and an apartment complex in downtown Carey experienced first floor flooding. Sycamore, Nevada, and Upper Sandusky experienced basement flooding.


Fairfield County

July 13: The American Red Cross report that a shelter has been opened for residents impacted by flooding in Pickerington.


Franklin County

July 13: Olentangy River: do not anticipate significant flooding. Franklin County EMA monitored the flooding impacts situation with an eye towards Mount Air (Sharon Township), Gould Park (Columbus) and Creekside (Gahanna). Franklin County EOC coordinated a response to a request for sandbags.


Wood County

July 13:  11 inches has fallen in Wood County this week. The Village of Wayne experienced basement and crawlspace flooding in some residential homes. Wood County EMA staff will continue to monitor conditions for the Village of Pemberville through July 15. The National Weather Service reports that the Portage River crested at 13.41 ft, just short of Major flood stage. At this stage, homes in Pemberville and along the Portage River experience basement flooding. However, water is anticipated to continue to recede through the day.  Numerous county and township roads were closed due to high water. The American Red Cross will have clean-up kits available should a need present itself.


Perry County

July 13:  Flooding is occurring in the townships of Thorn, Hopewell, and Madison. 20 residents were voluntarily evacuated, but no shelter has been opened.



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