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Hancock County under State of Emergency as Blanchard River reaches major flood stage

Findlay residents see flooding as Blanchard River reaches major flood stage. (FILE)

Findlay, OH (WNWO)-- In a press release to the NBC 24 Newsroom just before 4pm, we've learned that the Commissioners of Hancock County have declared a State of Emergency for Hancock County.

The Emergency Operations Center for the county has opened and is open to support emergency operations. Both the County and City are working to ensure we address various needs based upon the serious level of flooding along with numerous road closings.

50North at 339 E. Melrose Ave., Findlay will be available from 3:00 pm to 8:00pm as a Respite Center for those affected by flooding. The Red Cross will be handing out flood cleaning kits for those in need of basic cleaning supplies.

The Sheriff of Hancock County has also decided to keep the county on a Level 2 Flood advisory. The Level 2 advisory means that the roadways are extremely hazardous with flooding. Only those who feel it is necessary to travel should be on the roadways.

The Commissioners of Hancock County would like to remind citizens to: a) Never drive through water covering a roadway as your vehicle could be swept away. The road may also be damaged or missing. b) Never swim or play in flood waters. c) Be aware of potential flooding in residential areas. Move valuables to higher levels of your home. d) Consider evacuating if conditions warrant; as the Blanchard River and other tributaries have still not crested.

Our NBC 24 Weather Team, in conjunction with the National Weather Service expect flooding in Findlay and nearby areas, Fostoria, Bluffton, North Baltimore, McComb, Arlington, Arcadia, Rawson, Vanlue, Van Buren, Pemberville, Bradner, Wayne, Bloomdale, Risingsun, Cygnet, Mount Blanchard, Portage, Jerry City and Hoytville.

As of 4pm Thursday, the Blanchard river was just over 14.5' and still rising. The highest point the river has ever reached was 18.5 feet in 2007.

The City of Findlay has opened a call center for non-emergency questions and concerns.

They can be reached at (419) 424-7000.

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