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Findlay officials prepare for flooding

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Officials in Findlay are bracing for possible flooding in the city.

The National Weather Service is predicting the city will see three to five inches of rain leaving the potential for flooding along the Blanchard River. Findlay is no stranger to high water. The flood of 2007 is still fresh in mind. Ever since the raging waters tore through the city, officials have stayed vigilant whenever there's a threat for severe weather and potential for flooding.

"I think we became concerned probably about the beginning of the week when the weather service was saying it's not necessarily going to be snow, it'll be more of a rain event.", says Mayor Lydia Mihalik

The National Weather Service predicts the Blanchard River will reach major flood stage and crest at 16.5 feet by Sunday night. Findlay is making sandbags available to anyone who needs them. Mayor Lydia Mihalik is urging the community to have plans in place for food, shelter and transportation if severe flooding occurs.

"We want everyone to be as prepared as possible. Some may be going out of town. Of course flooding events in Findlay means flooding in basements. Those types of things. So we want people to be prepared for the worst case scenario.", says Mihalik

Officials say one of the biggest concerns is snow melt and ice on top of the river in some spots isn't helping.

"The ice form on the river can lead to some ice jams that could make the river back up more behind it until it lets go. But the last few days with the higher temps and rain is helping and hope that continues.", says Lee Swisher, Hancock County EMA Director

Officials say expect road closures in some areas. It's almost certain parts of the city will see flooding. The big question is how much.

"Make sure you stay informed, keep up on the water levels that way you know if you need to get out, you can." says Swisher

The last time the Blanchard River reached 16 and a half feet was back in 2008. That flood is ranked fifth worst in the city's history.

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