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Blanchard River begins to slowly recede in Findlay

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The flood waters have started to slowly recede in Findlay.

However, dozens of roads remain closed and some residents are evacuating after the Blanchard River overflowed its banks once again.

The mayor says evacuations are voluntary.

The Main Street Bridge remains open to traffic.

Findlay leaders say the river has crested at 14.07 feet and is slowly receding. For some residents, it can't recede fast enough.

Kevin Misamore pulled out the paddleboat on Friday to pick up his friend from his apartment on East Main Cross Street.

Misamore taxis his buddy to dry land so he can get to work.

"Saving my buddy," says Misamore. "We're stranded out here. Just grabbed my cousin's boat."

Debra Speck lives on High Street which is the first street that usually floods when the Blanchard River overflows its banks.

Her neighbors evacuated, but Speck has no plans to leave.

"I'm not going to leave my home," says Speck. "I moved everything up that's on the floor, I moved up off of the floor."

One law office on East Main Cross barricaded its front entrance.

The back door has sandbags ready, as well as a canoe.

"We've been through a few floods before, 2007 being the worst," says Jane Underwood, who works at the law office. "That one we had a lot of destruction inside the building so after that we got the flood doors and we know that we have to park a couple blocks away when the water gets really high and we have the canoe outside and the paddles and life jackets. We're ready."

"It's kind of frustrating," says Albert Thomas who lives with his family on Clinton Court.

They evacuated Thursday night and area staying with family in Fostoria.

Even though Findlay schools delayed two hours Friday morning, Thomas kept his kids home fearing for their safety on the school bus.

"That river can do anything like it did in '07," says Thomas. "I mean, nobody expected what happened in '07 just like now."

Inside Findlay City Hall, workers have been answering phones around the clock. They're helping residents get resources while monitoring the river level hour-by-hour.

"We made sure that our police and fire were properly positioned given the fact that if the city were to be split in half we wanted to make sure we could get to people easily," says Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik. "We're just unfortunately really well trained at dealing with this situation."

The phone number for the emergency flood call center at city hall is 419-424-7000.

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