FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — The rise of a flood-prone river in northwest Ohio was lessening Friday morning as city officials continued to keep a close eye on the weather and hoped a predicted end to rain could help prevent major problems.
A few streets were closed but there was no significant damage overnight from the rising Blanchard River, Todd Richard, zoning and flood plan administrator, said Friday.
Some local schools were operating on two-hour delays, and Richard said a local nursing home had voluntarily evacuated its residents. The flood-prone city was hit hard in 2007.
“Given the situation, I think we’ve been pretty fortunate so far,” Richard said.
Richard said the river was at 14 feet Friday, or about 3 feet above flood stage.
The weather service predicted the river would rise by another 2 feet and crest Friday afternoon.
In Marion County in north-central Ohio, high waters from the Scioto River closed two roads near the village of Prospect on Friday.
The National Weather Service on Thursday issued flood warnings for the county and for half a dozen rivers across northern Ohio.