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      Findlay residents, business owners brace for flooding

      Findlay residents are breathing a sigh of relief as it appears the town will not experience the kind of flooding that occurred on March 1. Safety Director Jim Barker has been getting periodic updates from the National Weather Service. "It has revised the crest down to 12.5 feet tomorrow at about two o'clock and that's about 3 feet lower than it was yesterday so that's quite a blessing for us since we just went through this seven weeks ago," Mr. Barker said.

      During the March 1 flood a number of businesses in the downtown district experienced flooding as well as residential homes in low lying areas. One such business was the Craft Gallery. Worker Carlton Fruth says the store has just recovered from the damage caused by the March flood. "We got sixteen inches inside the store, we had to move everything out and we were closed the whole month of March," Mr. Fruth said.

      The Hancock County Chapter of the American Red Cross is prepared to open an emergency shelter if needed. It would be at the Hancock County Senior Center on Melrose Avenue.