LIMA — Moderate rainfall came through the region early Sunday, causing flash flooding in some low-lying areas. AccuWeather reports Allen County received around an inch of rain.
Lima police were called to the Elm Street underpass at 12:52 a.m. Sunday for a water rescue.
The unnamed driver was able to walk to dry land with the assistance of a Lima firefighter.
“Typically the storm drains for the underpasses will flood really quick but they drain pretty quickly too. I think he drove too fast in there and just stalled his vehicle,” said Greg Kirkendall, battalion chief with the Lima Fire Department. “I just tell people, if they see standing water, drive around and don’t get your feet wet.”
The Allen County Sheriff’s Department said there were no major reports of flooding, including in the Village of Bluffton where there were concerns about Riley Creek rising out of its banks.
Minor flooding is forecasted for the Blanchard River in Ottawa with a crest of 23.5 feet by 8 p.m. Monday.