This morning was the scariest drive I've ever made ... going anywhere. Our street was flooded all the way down. Normally it floods about 2-3 inches deep in parts where it's lower. This morning, that was the shallow water. And there wasn't much of it. Most of the water was WAY deeper than I expected and there were no breaks. I was seriously freaked out.
Hancock county is under a Level 3 Emergency. That means that all non-essential emergency vehicles can be ticketed for being on the roads. We have been under this for some time. Earlier today it pertained to all streets south of the intersection of SR15 and CR313 (Lima Ave.). That basically knocks out the southern bit of town and some small stuff between here and Ada (which is in a different county). We live south of there. Actually, we live at the intersection of 15 and 313. So I was at work when I discovered this. I still managed to get home. Logan Ave. was drier than this morning. I could see our street this afternoon.
Hancock county's emergency now extends to everything south of CR99. For those of you who don't live in or know Findlay very well ... that covers ... umm ...
ALL OF FINDLAY!
Seriously. That's the last exit you can get off at and still be in Findlay heading north on 75. (Which, coincidentally just reopened about 5 hours ago. It too was flooded.)
So yeah. We're dry. We know friends who aren't. We know friends who weren't but are now. We know friends who weren't but do live on the flood plain.
The Blanchard River has yet to crest. It's expected to do so in the next hour or so. As it stands, it's at about 15 feet. They're expecting the crest to be around 17 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet.
There's water in Findlay. More than any of us need ...