Flooding Closes Roads In Findlay, Forces Evacuations In Pataskala

Jul 14, 2017

Findlay residents watch Thursday as the Blanchard River rises downtown
Credit Associated Press

Flooding has closed dozens of roads in Findlay amid water levels that are expected to reach a record-high today.

The National Weather Service predicts the Blanchard River will crest at 16.5 feet this morning, the highest level the city's history. The city has seen five major floods since 2007 that have caused millions of dollars in damage. The City of Pataskala ordered mandatory evacuations yesterday due to flash flooding. Many of the displaced residents were taken to the Herbon Red Cross for the night. A second shelter was opened at  Ridgeview Junior High School. Flood waters are receding in several Miami Valley communities after a day of torrential rain.  An estimated five inches of rain swamped Springfield on Thursday, where police say flooding caused manhole covers to float away.  Flooding is also reported near Sidney and Port Jefferson, while part of U.S. Route 68 in Logan County was closed by high water.