LIMA — Flash flooding that occurred Thursday evening in Lima and throughout the region could be repeated this weekend as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon pass through the area, according to Lima and area officials.
A spokesman for the Lima Department of Public Works asks residents to be aware that the forecast calls for an additional rainfall of between two and five inches predicted for this weekend and to react accordingly.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon advised a flash flood watch continues through Monday morning. Low-lying areas of the region — especially near rivers and creeks — could experience flooding if the anticipated rainfall materializes.
On Thursday, some Lima neighborhoods experienced surface flooding due to the heavy rains during the late afternoon and early evening. Lima street department deputy director Warner Roach said city crews have been actively responding to flooding issues, collecting damaged property placed on tree lawns and checking to ensure catch basins are clear of leaves, trash and debris.
Property owners are asked to be sure roof gutters are clear and downspout and sump pump extensions are in place to carry storm water away from foundations of their homes. City officials encourage residents to check catch basins close to their properties as additional debris may clog them during heavy rains.
To report water-related concerns in the city of Lima, call 419-221-5165.
Roach also encouraged motorists to make good decisions regarding travel in flooded areas.
“Never be tempted to drive into floodwater because it appears shallow. Looks are deceiving, and the roadway may not be intact,” said Roach.
He said motorists should also respect barricades in place to close roadways, stating is is “extremely dangerous and a violation of state law to drive around them.”
According to the National Weather Service observation office in North Webster, Indiana, the Ottawa River at Kalida was at 8.48 feet at mid-afternoon Friday. The river is expected to crest at 18.4 feet — just below flood stage — at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The river’s all-time recorded high at Kalida was 22.37 feet on June 17, 2015.
The Auglaize River at Fort Jennings stood at 6.48 feet Friday afternoon, more than six feet below the 13-foot flood stage level. The river is expected to crest Monday at 15.4 feet, resulting in minor flooding.
The river’s all-time crest in Fort Jennings came on Jan. 23, 1959, at 20.3 feet.