Lakeshore flooding prompts evacuations and road closures

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TOLEDO, OH (WTVG) – 5:30 p.m. update:

The ENE wind is dying off as the center of the storm nears Mansfield. Around 6:00-7:00, the wind will go calm before reversing course, and coming out of the west.

Once the wind shifts, water will start pouring back into Lake Erie. This flooding is all about water pushing into the shallow western basin of Lake Erie. The rain is playing a small part, but this is caused by rising lake levels.

Rain is wrapping up, but is locally very heavy in Oregon and Point Place, as of 5:30 p.m. Rain will be done in 95% of the area by 8:00 p.m.

The wind will be out of the west Monday, and will be fairly strong (15-20 mph). That will further push water out of flooded areas.

There is also better news on the river flooding story: the Blanchard is now expected to crest at 9.1 feet, down a couple feet from earlier hydrologist forecasts.


A lakeshore flood warning is in place until 4 PM Sunday for Monroe, Lucas, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties. For near shore areas. Gale force winds are causing problems for homes and roads due to high waters.It has lead to some evacuations in Monroe County, Michigan.

Luna Pier Fire Department stated:

"At around 2 am this morning the fire department began evacuating Allen's cove due to flooding. Allen's cove is closed, please do not try to enter with your vehicle. The winds are expected to keep for the better part of the day. Please have a plan in place for your valuables as it is expected to get worse. If you need assistance the fire department is available."

Also NB I-75 at Elm St Exit 14, the left lane is blocked due to water over road.

In Ohio:

Oregon Flooding: Tweet from Councilman Tim Zale with the City of Oregon.

"Due to serious flooding in the lake shore area of Oregon, please avoid the area east of Stadium Rd. Sand bags area available at S. Shore Park and the City is actively trying to pump water out of the neighborhoods. If you trapped in your home call the Fire Dept. for assistance."

Also, lakeshore flooding has closed portions of SR-2 and SR-53 in Ottawa County.

ODOT is closing State Route 2 between State Route 590 near the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge all the way to State Route 358 near Camp Perry. A detour is still in the works, but if you live out this way or are traveling this morning note that State Route 2 is closed in a large part of Ottawa County. This morning ODOT also closed State Route 53 at the Ottawa-Sandusky County line in Bay Township due to high water.

Those driving and living near shore can expect high water conditions to continue through the day with strong easterly winds.

Port Clinton road closures:
- Perry Street from Jefferson Street to Monroe Street
- W. 2nd Street from Madison Street to Monroe Street
- W. 2nd Street from Jackson Street to Harrison Street and high water on E. Perry Street from Linden Street to Lincoln Drive and Brooklyn Street. Barricades, cones and high water signs are up. Police are asking you to avoid the area.
- Cedar Point Road (Chaussee) is closed to all vehicular traffic in the 400 to 600 block area.
- First St from Cedar Point Dr to Lane St.

Winds do diminish this evening, then will be out of the southwest tomorrow, improving conditions. Please be safe in near shore areas until then.

- Meteorologist Dan Zbozien

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