Wet Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer


By Greg Sowinski - [email protected]



LIMA — Memorial Day weekend, the official kickoff to summer, was a wet one but with dry weather during the day Monday many people had the chance to enjoy the sun, something some may not recognize especially lately.

It was a wet Memorial Day weekend, with 1.7 inches of rainfall over the three-day holiday weekend as of 5 p.m. Monday, according to AccuWeather. That includes 0.58 inches of rain from 5 p.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. Monday.

Allen County has easily exceeded the average rainfall for the month of May, AccuWeather reported. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 7.45 inches of rain has soaked the area. The normal month-to-date rainfall for May is 3.88 inches.

Rainfall has caused rivers to remain high although still under flood stage. The Blanchard River in Ottawa was at 19.4 feet early Monday evening and expected to crest at 21.2 feet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, said Putnam County Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Klear.

That was the estimate without knowing what rain may fall overnight into Tuesday, Klear said.

Flood stage in Ottawa starts at 23 feet, Klear said.

“We are not in the action stage. We are looking pretty good,” Klear said.

The only road closures in Putnam County were in Continental just overnight when some streets flooded thanks to 2 inches of rain in 20 minutes, Klear said.

“This morning it was already dried up and gone,” he said.

In Mercer County, EMA Director Mike Robbins said the St. Marys River has not reached flood stage. It was at 9.35 feet on Monday. Minor flood stage begins at 13 feet.

Mercer County had no road closures as of Monday afternoon, Robbins said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officials in the region reported writing a lot of citations but no major traffic crashes and no fatalities.

Meanwhile, the search for a missing Indiana man continued on Grand Lake over the weekend. Kevin Mann, 48, of Portland, Indiana, was last seen at 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Montezuma after he reportedly jumped into the water from a pontoon boat.

Officials were using side scan sonar to try to locate Mann. Dogs that specialize in water searching also were brought to the lake. There also were numerous people out looking for Mann.

By Greg Sowinski

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Reach Greg Sowinski at 567-242-0464 or on Twitter @Lima_Sowinski.

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