State of Emergency declared in Ottawa County

OTTAWA COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) - EMA officials say that a state of emergency has been declared for Ottawa County after heavy rain caused widespread flooding.

EMA reports that roughly six inches of rain fell in Oak Harbor and Port Clinton between 8:00 PM yesterday and 6:00 AM today. At least one family has been displaced, but officials are continuing to assess the situation. Countless basements are flooded throughout the county, per EMA, and large amounts of debris are expected in both Port Clinton and Oak Harbor.

A number of roads remain closed in both cities. The respective mayors of Oak Harbor and Port Clinton also declared states of emergency for their cities.

In Oak Harbor, roads are closed in the area of Main Street and SR 19.

In Port Clinton, EMA reports that up to 17 roads are still closed because of flooded roads.

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution, and should never use roads that are under water.