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Once again Findlay preps for flooding

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Once again, Findlay residents are bracing for the worst. With the recent round of rain and snow melt, officials say the Blanchard River may crest at well over flood stage, the worst-case scenario being 16.5 feet.  Flood stage is 11 feet and major flood stage is 13.5 feet.

Volunteers were busy loading up sandbags to hold back the water. James Johnston said, "It's been really busy. There's been a lot of people coming and going. Can't fill sandbags quick enough."

The city will keep a sandbag station on Crawford Street open all night.

Nathan Moyer said, "If the flood gets to the 16.5 - 17 foot mark, then my house starts to take on water. Moyer says he picked up 40 sandbags to surround the entrances to his home. "I've been flooded twice before and the worry is feeling silly for not doing enough versus feeling silly for doing too much when you didn't have to."

Businesses are taking action as well. Outside the Domino's Pizza on Main Street, two crates of sandbags are ready to go.

General manager Casey Hensley said, "At 16.5, it's going to come tot he sandbags. We should be able to hold out just fine to that point.

He says the pizza place will remain open, but deliveries could become an issue.

As of Saturday night, it was still a wait and see situation. Officials will keep a close eye on the overnight rainfall to see how it affects the flooding predictions.

The American Red Cross will open an evacuation center starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The center will be located at Glenwood Middle School on Main Street.

Anyone needing assistance can call the Red Cross at 419-422-9322.

 

 

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