March roars in like a lion with morning thunderstorm

Claps of thunder and steady rain greeted Firelands area residents this morning, creating concerns among local authorities. Huron County is under a flood watch today, and residents are warned to watch rivers, streams and tributaries for rising water.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

Claps of thunder and steady rain greeted Firelands area residents this morning, creating concerns among local authorities.

Huron County is under a flood watch today, and residents are warned to watch rivers, streams and tributaries for rising water.

Huron County Emergency Management Director Bill Ommert said with the cold temperatures of the last week, plus the 1 to 2 inches of rain expected to soak the county today, ice jams are possible and those could form ice dams.

"We just have to wait and see what happens," Ommert said this morning. "If we don't get any ice jams, we won't have problems."

However, if an ice jam or flooding does occurs, the water will rise rapidly.

"That's why we need to have residents anywhere near tributaries or rivers watch the water levels and be aware of what's going on," Ommert said. "If it starts to rise, be prepared to move if you have to ... the water can rise in less than an hour."

As of 8:30 this morning, no flooding had been reported and no county roads were closed, but "this afternoon or tonight could be a different story." Ommert stressed that drivers should not attempt to cross roadways if there is standing water on the road.

"If there is water across the road do not cross it. You're betting your life that the road or bridge or culvert is still there. That's a pretty big bet. When you can, find another way."