88
      Saturday
      89 / 67
      Sunday
      89 / 69
      Monday
      90 / 70

      Steady rains increase flood threat across the entire area

      As of early Saturday evening, more than .75?? to 2?? of rain had fallen across northwest Ohio. And with more steady rain expected through the rest of the overnight, those totals are likely to double by Sunday morning.

      All of that rain combined with the rapid melting of the snowpack that was on the ground will lead to minor to major flooding, especially along rivers, creeks and streams. Every county in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are under Flood Watches and Warnings, meaning flooding is already occurring or likely to begin as waters continue to rise rapidly. As we??ve reported before, Findlay is likely to be the hardest hit, where major flooding is expected Sunday and Monday along the Blanchard River and Eagle Creek.

      Here are the latest updates and forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS), who monitors river levels and issues the appropriate watches and warnings. Most rivers will rise above flood stage during the overnight. It??s important to note that even after a river crests, it may remain above flood stage for several days afterwards. It??s also important to note that other streams and creeks not monitored by the NWS will be rising rapidly as well. Follow the motto of ??turn around, don??t drown?? if you??re out on the roads and you encounter standing water. It only takes about a foot of water for a car to float, putting everyone inside the vehicle in danger.

      Blanchard River at Findlay (Hancock County)

      Water level as of 3:30 Saturday afternoon: 7.7 feet

      Flood Stage: 11.0 feet

      Forecast: Cresting at 15.5 feet by Monday morning, leading to major flooding.

      Impacts: Many streets along the river, including downtown, are likely to be inundated by water and closed. Streets include Main Street and Broad Street, and flooding may impact businesses and homes in the vicinity.

      Eagle Creek above Findlay (Hancock County)

      Water Level as of 3:00 Saturday afternoon: 8.0 feet

      Flood Stage: 9.0 feet

      Forecast: Cresting at 11.2 feet by early Sunday morning, leading to major flooding.

      Impacts: Flood waters will threaten residences along Fremont and Graceland Avenues, and will also impact High Street, Wilson Street and Blanchard Avenue.

      Blanchard River at Ottawa (Putnam County)

      Water Level as of 3:00 Saturday afternoon: 17.2 feet

      Flood Stage: 23.0 feet

      Forecast: Cresting at 27.1 feet Monday evening, leading to moderate flooding

      Impacts: Water covering numerous roads in the town of Ottawa

      Maumee River at Waterville (Lucas County)

      Water Level as of 3:00 Saturday afternoon: 3.3 feet

      Flood Stage: 9.0 feet

      Forecast: Cresting at 11.7 feet by Monday evening, leading to minor flooding

      Impacts: Waters will inundate lowland areas along the river

      Portage River at Woodville (Sandusky County)

      Water Level as of 3:30 Saturday afternoon: 7.4 feet

      Flood Stage: 9.0 feet

      Forecast: Cresting at 11.0 feet by Monday morning, leading to minor flooding

      Impacts: Will flood Trail Marker Park up to Erie Street

      Sandusky River at Tiffin (Seneca County)

      Water Level as of 2:45 Saturday afternoon: 5.3 feet

      Flood Stage: 9.0 feet

      Forecast: Crest at 10.6 feet Sunday evening, leading to moderate flooding

      Impacts: Waters will rise near Route 53 north of US 224. Township Road 131 will likely become impassable. In Tiffin, Water Street, Front Street and Davis Street may become inundated by water.

      Huron River at Milan (Huron and Erie Counties)

      Water Level as of 3:30 Saturday afternoon: 14.3 feet

      Flood Stage: 18.0 feet

      Forecast: Cresting near 21.0 feet by Sunday morning, leading to moderate flooding.

      Impacts: Floodwaters may impact businesses in Milan near US 250. Low lying secondary roads may become impassable.