Huron County rivers get extra 3 inches from rain, melted snow

High water forced several area roads to remain closed Friday night, and local authorities warned motorists to use caution. "Quite a bit of the county" witnessed about 1 1/4 inches of rain in 24 hours and between 1 and 1 1/2 inches of snow melting recently, Huron County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Ommert said.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

High water forced several area roads to remain closed Friday night, and local authorities warned motorists to use caution.

"Quite a bit of the county" witnessed about 1 1/4 inches of rain in 24 hours and between 1 and 1 1/2 inches of snow melting recently, Huron County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Ommert said.

"It wasn't any specific area of the county or a specific city that was hit" with flood waters more than another, he explained.

Ommert estimated about three inches of water, from the rain and snow melting, went into the Huron and Vermilion rivers, both of which are being monitored. The EMA director believed the ice jams, formed when ice breaks up and creates a dam, are flowing as they should be.

Twenty-eight Huron County roads had been closed or flooded Friday, including Ohio 60 between Ohio 18 and Ohio 303 in Clarksfield Township.

As of about 9:15 p.m., the following other roads remained closed: Fitchville River Road, Peru Center Road between Bauman and Hanville Corners roads, Chenango Road and Auster Road.

"I think they're going to keep them closed until morning," said Ruth Goodin, a Huron County Sheriff's dispatcher who hadn't received any reports of flood-related accidents.

The state Highway Patrol also reported no crashes related to flood water.

Ommert stressed that motorists not attempt to drive through roads with standing water. "You're betting your life the road is still there," he said.

Part of the pavement in the northbound lane of Fitchville River Road between Fayette and Jennings roads was gone Friday night, Ommert said. Goodin believed the water had receded from Fayette Road.

Ommert was unaware of any homes being damaged by the water.

"I'm sure some people got water in their basement," he added.

The EMA director was concerned about the Clarksfield Township area.

"If the water gets backed up, we'll have to evacuate people," Ommert said.