Flooding closes some Norwalk streets

Flood warning continues.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 22, 2013

Water Street in Norwalk was closed Sunday morning due to flooding.

City officials also closed East Elm Streets for a time, but have since re-opened it.

Some roads in the rural areas around the city, including Washington Road, have water flowing across the roadway in spots and the ditches and edges of farm fields have a lot of water.

Please use caution while driving in low-lying areas.

A flood warning for residents in the Norwalk Reflector's readership area continues until 3:15 p.m. Sunday and a flood watch until 6 p.m.

At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the Vermilion River was at 8.4 feet. Flood stage is 9 feet, and the river is expected to rise to near that level this evening, according to the National Weather Service. Ohio 60 in Huron County would be threatened if this river floods.

At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the Huron River near Milan was at 22 feet. Flood stage for this river is 18 feet. Moderate flooding is occurring and additional moderate flooding is forecasted.

The river was cresting near 22 feet this afternoon and likely won't fall below flood stage until Monday morning.

At 22.5 feet, homes will be inundated with water in Franklin Flats, making many evacuations necessary. Property along U.S. 250 also will be inundated and several local roads impassable.

At 21 feet, floodwaters may begin to affect businesses along the river near the village of Milan near U.S. 250. Water will be nearly 2 feet deep in portions of Franklin Flats. Low-lying secondary roads near the river may become impassable.