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(UPDATED) Flood warning remains in effect

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

(UPDATED at 11 p.m. Saturday) The National Weather Service in Cleveland has extended the flood warning until 1:56 p.m. Sunday.

Ohio 60 is now opened again. The section of the road between Ohio 303 and Ohio 18 has been closed due to flooding.

Here are some details provided by the weather service:

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR

  THE HURON RIVER NEAR MILAN.

* AT 6:30 PM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 19.5 FEET.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 18.0 FEET.

* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.

* A MAJOR ICE JAM IS IMPACTING THE HURON RIVER DOWNSTREAM OF MILAN.

  BACKWATER IS RISING BEHIND THE ICE JAM AND AFFECTING THE FRANKLIN

  FLATS COMMUNITY.

* FORECAST...THE RIVER LEVEL WILL CONTINUE TO FLUCTUATE...SOMETIMES

  ERATICALLY...OVER THE NEXT 24 TO 48 HOURS DUE TO THE ICE JAM.

  BECAUSE OF THIS...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL NOT BE

  FORECASTING SPECIFIC TIMING ON WHEN THE RIVER WILL RECEDE TO BELOW

  FLOOD STAGE.

* IMPACTS...FLOOD WATERS ARE OVER A FOOT DEEP IN FRANKLIN FLATS.

* * *

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN OHIO...

  HURON RIVER NEAR MILAN

  BLACK RIVER AT ELYRIA

  MAUMEE RIVER AT WATERVILLE

  SCIOTO RIVER NEAR LARUE

  KILLBUCK CREEK NEAR KILLBUCK

  PORTAGE RIVER AT WOODVILLE

  SCIOTO RIVER NEAR PROSPECT

  EAGLE CREEK AT PHALANX STATION

* * *

(UPDATED at 8:30 a.m. Saturday) The National Weather Service in Cleveland has extended the flood warning for northern Huron County until 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

Also, the warning for the Huron River near Milan continues as well.

Here are some details provided by the weather service:

...FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ICE JAM FLOODING IN CENTRAL

ERIE AND NORTHERN HURON COUNTIES IN NORTH CENTRAL OHIO UNTIL 5:40 PM

EST...

AT 504 AM EST...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS REPORTED THAT ICE

JAM FLOODING WAS OCCURRING IN SPOTS ALONG THE HURON RIVER AND ITS

TRIBUTARIES. SOME ROADS NEAR THE RIVER WERE CLOSED. AS OF 0410 AM

THE WATER LEVEL WAS GETTING HIGHER IN FRANKLIN FLATS.

ICE JAMS WILL CONTINUE ON THE HURON RIVER AND RAPID FLUCTUATIONS

CAN OCCUR IN THE RIVER LEVELS AS THE JAMS MOVE AND BREAK UP. THIS

CAN BE A DANGEROUS SITUATION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE

DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF DRIVING...SLOW DOWN! BE ALERT FOR LOW

SPOTS...DIPS...AND UNDERPASSES WHICH MAY BE FLOODED. PEOPLE IN LOW

LYING AREAS ALONG CREEKS AND STREAMS SHOULD MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND TO

ESCAPE RISING WATER LEVELS.

ICE JAM FLOODING IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT...AND CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE

RAPIDLY AS A JAM FORMS AND BREAKS. FLOODING ASSOCIATED WITH ICE JAMS

IS OFTEN WORST IMMEDIATELY UPSTREAM OF THE JAM LOCATION. IF YOU LIVE

ALONG OR NEAR RIVERS PRONE TO ICE JAMS...BE PREPARED TO ACT QUICKLY

IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED...OR IF REQUESTED BY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL.

* * *

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR

  THE HURON RIVER NEAR MILAN.

* AT  5:30 AM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 21.5 FEET.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 18.0 FEET.

* MODERATE FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST.

* FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL FALL TO BELOW FLOOD STAGE later today if

  the ice jam breaks up.

* The flood will cause ice to break up or become jammed. ice jams

  are very unpredictable causing sharp river rises and falls.

* AT 22.5 FEET...HOMES INUNDATED IN FRANKLIN FLATS. MANY EVACUATIONS

  NECESSARY. PROPERTY ALONG ROUTE 250 INUNDATED AND SEVERAL LOCAL

  ROADS IMPASSABLE.

* AT 21.0 FEET...FLOODWATERS MAY BEGIN TO AFFECT BUSINESSES ALONG THE

  RIVER NEAR THE VILLAGE OF MILAN NEAR US ROUTE 250.  WATER WILL BE

  NEARLY TWO FEET DEEP IN PORTIONS OF FRANKLIN FLATS.  LOW LYING

  SECONDARY ROADS NEAR THE RIVER MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE.

* * *

OTHER AREAS

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN OHIO...

  SANDUSKY RIVER ABOVE FREMONT

  HURON RIVER NEAR MILAN

  VERMILION RIVER NEAR VERMILION

  CHAGRIN RIVER AT WILLOUGHBY

  BLANCHARD RIVER NEAR FINDLAY

  MAUMEE RIVER AT WATERVILLE

  PORTAGE RIVER AT WOODVILLE

  BLACK RIVER AT ELYRIA

  SCIOTO RIVER NEAR LARUE

  SCIOTO RIVER NEAR PROSPECT

  KILLBUCK CREEK NEAR KILLBUCK

  EAGLE CREEK ABOVE FINDLAY

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

NEVER DRIVE YOUR CAR THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS. THE WATER MAY BE

DEEPER THAN IT APPEARS.  TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN!

ice jams on some of the rivers could cause rapid fluctuations in

the river levels...sometimes they can be different then what

is forecast.

* * *

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

ICE JAM FLOODING WILL CONTINUE TO BE A THREAT THROUGH TONIGHT ALONG

MANY STREAMS AND RIVERS AROUND THE AREA. HIGH WATER WILL ALSO CONTINUE

ON SOME STREAMS...CREEKS AND LOW LYING ROADS...THE WATER WILL

ONLY SLOWLY RECEDE.

THE THREAT OF ICE JAM FLOODING WILL LINGER INTO SUNDAY.

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