OTTAWA — The Blanchard River in Ottawa crested at 25.37 feet at midnight Monday, causing numerous road closures in Putnam County Monday.
The river’s flood stage is at 23 feet and the levels began to drop. As of 10 a.m. Monday the river level was at 23.39 feet, according to Brentley Lothamer, National Weather Service meteorologist.
Ottawa received 1.3 inches of rainfall as of 3 p.m. Friday.
On July 12, 2017, the Blanchard River crested at 18.70 feet and on Dec. 30, 2015, crested at 16.28 feet, Lothamer said.
Brian Siefker, Putnam County sheriff, said there was minor flooding this weekend in seven of the county’s townships including Greensburg, Monroe, Ottawa/Blanchard, Union, village of Ottawa, Perry and Riley Townships.
A road closed sign was posted and barricades were put on I-9 between Glandorf and state Route 15 Sunday that was still closed Monday due to flooding. Road closures are expected through Tuesday as law enforcement will continue to monitor the water levels.
He said I-9 is a major route a lot of the students use to get from Glandorf to Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
“There is a gap between the guardrails so there is a section where there is no guardrails where water can swiftly get on the road,” Siefker said.
He said what is dangerous about flooding is swift water can carry a vehicle or a person away quickly.
“People should completely avoid going through high water and take the extra time to go around another route where there is not high water to be safe,” Siefker said.
Looking into this week, 200ths of an inch of rainfall is expected Wednesday and it is too soon to tell rainfall amounts for the weekend, Lothamer said.
“These rainfall levels are not typical for this time of year where we had a system that pulled up moisture from the south and brought that to the northwest Ohio region,” Lothamer said.
Mike Klear, Putnam County EMA director, said the county is fortunate that the flood levels crested to a minor flood stage.
“The good thing is we are not supposed to have any rain the next couple of days,” Klear said.
The Blanchard River has a history of flooding and coming out of its river banks that most of the time affects Ottawa and low-lying farm ground, according to Klear.
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