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OTTAWA With her apartment surrounded by water and fearing she would be fired from her job at Subway if she didnt make it in, Jodi Culp was determined to get to work Saturday.



She called for emergency help and a firefighter showed up at her door in a humvee to get her through the water so she could make it in.



If you dont find somebody to take your place you could lose your job, she said. If I dont work I dont pay my rent and I dont want to lose my place.



Culp was the second rescue of the day for firefighters. They rescued five or six others earlier, said Assistant Ottawa Fire Chief Tom Kuhlman.



For many, flooding in the spring is the new normal in Putnam County especially along the Blanchard River.



I dont want to say this is normal but people are starting to get more and more used to it. They have more of a plan for this then what they had in the past, Kuhlman said.



Putnam County Commissioner John Love said local officials, including those from the Emergency Management Agency and Red Cross, met to discuss plans.



It was just kind of a briefing on the status of the river and road closures, Love said.



No shelters were open but some people going to stay with friends or family.



The biggest issue, so far, is inconvenience to get around with road closures, Love said.



Oak Street resident Dustin Hoorman watched unworried as the water crept toward his home.



Ive seen this my entire life. This is nothing new, the 31-year-old said.



Hoorman said the water was far enough away and likely about as high as it was going to get barring another rain storm to not cause him concern.



This is what we grew up with a spring flood, he said.



Putnam County Sheriff Sgt. Brad Nelson said deputies were busy blocking off roads.



Were just trying to make sure no one goes through the water, Nelson said.



Flooding was at 27 feet 2 inches, several feet above flood stage, Nelson said.



Nelson cautioned people to not attempt to drive through water or cross it on foot.



You just dont know how deep the water is or how swift the current is. Its just very unsafe to drive through, he said.



David and Carol Dalrymple drove into Ottawa to grab some supplies for a evening party. They had to take off on foot to get to the store less than a football field in length away. But it didnt faze them and gave them something to laugh about.



In the grand scheme of things this wont be that bad of flood for Ottawa, David Dalrymple said.


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