Flooding: ODOT closes roads


TIFFIN — Ohio Department of Transportation has announced that US 224 between SR 100 and SR 67 near Tiffin has closed for flooding until further notice.

The announcement came about 10:25 a.m., atop the news of flooding causing school delays and disrupting traffic earlier today in Hancock County where several main roads had closed and more than a dozen smaller roads also had been affected by high water largely brought up by the rain-swollen waters of the Blanchard River.

In Findlay, a number of streets were closed but no major flood-related problems downtown were reported as of about 8 a.m., according to a police dispatcher.

Additionally, between 15 and 20 smaller roads were closed throughout the county, a sheriff's dispatcher said.

Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, a private weather forecasting service based in State College, Pa., said the flooding was caused by between an inch and an inch-and-a-half of rain that fell in the area from Thursday night to Friday morning. The Blanchard River caused most of the flooding, being between three and four feet above the flooding stage, Mr. Kines said.

The flooding will likely continue until Saturday when the Blanchard River was expected to go below the flood stage, the senior meteorologist said.

Tiffin, the seat of Seneca County, is about 50 miles southeast of Toledo while Findlay, the seat of Hancock County, is about 45 miles south of the Lucas County seat.

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