Ottawa expected to be spared of minor flooding


OTTAWA — Heavy and consistent rains pushed the Blanchard River moved into its action stage Tuesday morning in Ottawa, but it should fall short of the minor flood stage, according to the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydologic Prediction Service.

Much of the region is under a flood watch, especially with additional rainfall of 2 to 4 inches expected through Wednesday morning.

The river was at 21.26 feet at 1:30 p.m. today, above the action stage of 20 feet. It’s expected to crest at 22.7 feet around 1 p.m. Wednesday, just short of the action stage of 23 feet. At 23 feet, there is lowland flooding in south Ottawa, with some water in low farmlands.

The Blanchard River is expected to fall short of its action stage of 16 feet in Kalida, where it’s predicted to reach 15.7 feet around 7 a.m. Thursday.

The Auglaize River in Fort Jennings is only expected to reach 10.8 feet around 1 p.m. Thursday, short of the action stage of 11 feet.

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