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Pair of motorists saved from flood waters

Scott Seitz2 • Feb 22, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Spring can't arrive soon enough for the Firelands area.

Thursday's warmer temperatures, which reached 54 degrees late in the day, combined with a little less than a half an inch of rain and a substantial amount of snow already on the ground, caused flooding in some areas of the county.

Ohio 61, south of Ohio 162, was closed due to flooding. Two motorists had to be assisted by Willard Fire & Rescue as the vehicles were stuck in high water.

Willard Fire Chief Joe Reiderman provided a few details about the situation which took place a bit before 6 a.m.

Reiderman said emergency responders were able to assist both drivers to safety using cold water immersion suits.

An ambulance, dive rig and rescue boat were also at the scene.

"Both drivers refused treatment at the scene," the chief said.

(NOTE: To see pictures of the flooding on Ohio 61, click HERE. To see related video, click HERE.)

Ohio 60, between Ohio 303 and Ohio 18 in Huron County, also is closed due to flooding. A detour is posted. The duration of closure is unknown at this time.

High water also was reported on Peru Center Road, just north of Hanville Corners Road and Peru Center Road, just south of Bauman Road.

Fayette Road, west of Palmer Road and east of Fitchville-River Road also reported high water. This route often serves as the unofficial local detour for the U.S 250 and Ohio 162 traffic due to the bridge construction in Fitchville.

(NOTE: To see pictures of the flooding in other parts of Huron County, click HERE.)

The Huron River at Milan had reached flood stage Friday.

In Norwalk, at least six waterlines remain frozen, leaving some residents and businesses without water.

The waterline still is frozen leading to the Huron County treasurer's office.

Richard Moore, Norwalk general services department superintendent, said Friday many of the city's storm and sanitary sewers are surcharging (full).

"There is only so much they can handle," Moore said. "It's like putting water in a funnel. It can only go so fast."

Moore said the freezing and thawing, along with the water, has caused trouble for the city streets.

"There are hundreds of potholes," he said. "It's hard to keep up. We patch them in the morning and with the water, they need patched again in the afternoon. We've also had a number of water main breaks."

No streets were closed Friday in the city due to flooding.

Moore said the winter is tough on the equipment.

"The snow-plow trucks had some maintenance issues," he said. "We've been able to get caught up on those."

The weather forecast for later next week has temperatures falling into the single digits.

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