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Flooding closes roads, some Metroparks


Groundskeepers work on the flooded 12th hole at the Toledo Country Club in south Toledo earlier this week.

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The rain might not be ready to stop just yet.

The National Weather Service is calling for more rain between 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, although new rainfall will likely amount to less than a tenth of an inch.

But even a slight drizzle will only add to flooding at Metroparks of the Toledo Area locations and nearby roads.

River flooding has closed Side Cut Metropark in Maumee, and West River Road, which runs through the park. The road is closed from Mohawk Drive to the Monclova Township limits west of Jerome Road. Jerome Road is also closed from Fallen Timbers Lane to River Road.

Most of Providence Metropark in Grand Rapids is also closed, including The Canal Experience. Flooding has closed part of U.S. 24 nearby.

Because the river has not crested there is no way to predict when the parks and roads will reopen, according to the Metroparks.

Pearson Metropark in Oregon is open and most trails are usable, but the playground is closed.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Toledo.

The Maumee River at Waterville, at 10 a.m. Friday, was at 12.9 feet — flood stage is 9 feet, according to staffers at the National Weather Service. They predict the river will continue to rise to about 13.1 feet by Friday night before it begins to fall.

They also said that, at 12 feet, residences along the river may experience basement flooding; at 14 feet floodwaters may begin to back up through storm drains onto Water Street.

The Weather Services says to not drive a car through flooded streets because water could be deeper than it appears.

Flood warnings were also issued for the Blanchard River near Findlay; the Sandusky River at Tiffin; and the Portage River at Woodville

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