Flooding closes U.S. 224 near Ottawa


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A stop sign reflects in the floodwaters as the Blanchard River covers the intersection of Perry and Second streets in southern Ottawa on Friday morning.

A stop sign reflects in the floodwaters as the Blanchard River covers the intersection of Perry and Second streets in southern Ottawa on Friday morning.


David Trinko | The Lima News

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CLOSED PUTNAM COUNTY ROADS

As of 8 a.m. Friday:

Old 224 between Roads 1 and 2

Road 7-L between Road O and Road M

Road I-9

Road 2 between Road Y and Road B

Ottawa’s Second Street between Perry and U.S. 224

Ottawa’s Blanchard Street between state Route 65 and South Oak Street

Ottawa’s South Oak Street to Williamstown Road

Road 1 between U.S. 224 and Road M

Road 15 between Road J and state Route 15

Old 224 between Road 7 and Road 5-H

Ottawa’s Sugar Street between Main and Third

Ottawa’s Perry Street between Main and Second

Ottawa’s Third Street between Maple and Sugar

Ottawa’s Fourth Street between Maple and Sugar

Ottawa’s Perry Street north to Fourth Street

Ottawa’s Maple Street between Main and Second

Road C between Road 22 and Road 22-B

State Route 224 west edge of Ottawa

Road H-13 between state Route 15 and Road 14

Road 7 between state Route 224 and old State Route 224

Source: Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

CLOSED STATE ROUTES

Hancock County

U.S. 224

State Route 37

State Route 235

State Route 568

State Route 12 east of I-75, Findlay, (closed under the direction of the city of Findlay).

Putnam County

U.S. 224 near Ottawa

Source: Ohio Department of Transportation

OTTAWA — Flooding on the Blanchard River shut down more roadways this morning, including a section of U.S. 224, as Putnam County braced for a Saturday morning cresting of the river that would put it just above the moderate flood stage.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings in affect for the Auglaize River near Fort Jennings and the Blanchard River in Ottawa after recent heavy rainfall. Drivers are reminded to never drive through flooded areas, as the water may be too deep for safe passage. Also, children shouldn’t play in or near flooded waters.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office noted at 7:30 a.m. that U.S. 224 closed west of state Route 65.

At 6:30 a.m. today, the Blanchard River was at 25.6 feet in Ottawa, above the minor floor stage of 23 feet.

The river is expected to hit the moderate flood stage of 27 feet by 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. An expected crest of 27.8 feet could hit by 2 p.m. Saturday. That would be the highest crest since Dec. 23, 2013, when the river hit 28.85 feet.

At 27 feet, the flooding worses on the south side of Ottawa, spilling over onto several roads and affecting other areas of the village. The river isn’t expected to fall out of its minor flood stage until Monday morning.

In Fort Jennings, the Auglaize River is continuing to recede. It was at 11.49 feet at 7:15 a.m. after reaching 16.33 feet on Wednesday. It should fall below the action stage of 11 feet by 2 p.m. today.

The Ottawa River near Kalida has already dropped below its action stage, reading 15.36 feet at 6:30 a.m. today. It reached a high of 18.7 feet, just short of the minor flood stage, on Wednesday.

See the Hancock County road closures as of 8:45 a.m. Friday
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/07/HancockCountyRoadClosures0845.pdfSee the Hancock County road closures as of 8:45 a.m. Friday
A stop sign reflects in the floodwaters as the Blanchard River covers the intersection of Perry and Second streets in southern Ottawa on Friday morning.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/07/web1_News-17.jpgA stop sign reflects in the floodwaters as the Blanchard River covers the intersection of Perry and Second streets in southern Ottawa on Friday morning. David Trinko | The Lima News

ONLY ON LIMAOHIO.COM

Past coverage: Moderate flooding expected in Ottawa

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See photos of the flooding

CLOSED PUTNAM COUNTY ROADS

As of 8 a.m. Friday:

Old 224 between Roads 1 and 2

Road 7-L between Road O and Road M

Road I-9

Road 2 between Road Y and Road B

Ottawa’s Second Street between Perry and U.S. 224

Ottawa’s Blanchard Street between state Route 65 and South Oak Street

Ottawa’s South Oak Street to Williamstown Road

Road 1 between U.S. 224 and Road M

Road 15 between Road J and state Route 15

Old 224 between Road 7 and Road 5-H

Ottawa’s Sugar Street between Main and Third

Ottawa’s Perry Street between Main and Second

Ottawa’s Third Street between Maple and Sugar

Ottawa’s Fourth Street between Maple and Sugar

Ottawa’s Perry Street north to Fourth Street

Ottawa’s Maple Street between Main and Second

Road C between Road 22 and Road 22-B

State Route 224 west edge of Ottawa

Road H-13 between state Route 15 and Road 14

Road 7 between state Route 224 and old State Route 224

Source: Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

CLOSED STATE ROUTES

Hancock County

U.S. 224

State Route 37

State Route 235

State Route 568

State Route 12 east of I-75, Findlay, (closed under the direction of the city of Findlay).

Putnam County

U.S. 224 near Ottawa

Source: Ohio Department of Transportation

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