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I-Want-Troy's-Hair 08-22-2007 09:05 PM

Finley Ohio declares flood emergency
Isn't this Ben's hometown? They are getting absolutely hammered.

FINDLAY, Ohio - With rivers still rising in parts of Ohio, Gov. Ted Strickland on Wednesday declared emergencies in nine northern counties as flooding that has swamped the Upper Midwest and Plains settled in his state.

Firefighters and a volunteer armada navigated boats through streets awash in waist-deep water, plucking neighbors and pets from porches.

The water forced at least 500 people to flee their homes in several northern Ohio towns. Rising water forced authorities to move about 130 inmates at the county jail in Findlay to a regional prison.

Many neighborhood rescuers showed up with canoes and kayaks wanting to help during Findlay?s worst flooding in nearly 100 years. Three men in a fishing boat ferried a mother and her 2-week-old daughter along with the family dogs.

?That was the catch of the day,? said Angel Sanchez, the baby?s neighbor.

Milk jugs, garbage bags and soda cans floated in the murky water. Tom Woods took his 8-foot fishing boat to help float out friends stranded in the neighborhood.

?Once we got here, everybody asked us to rescue more people,? he said.

Worst Ohio flood in 94 years. The Blanchard River was 7 feet above flood stage Wednesday at Findlay, the highest since a 1913 flood, and could rise another half-foot or more, the National Weather Service said.

The rain subsided by mid-afternoon, and the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for much of the state, with temperatures expected to hit the upper 90s.

In Bucyrus, 40 miles to the southeast, nearly 9 inches of rain had fallen since Monday and at least 200 people were still out of their homes, the Crawford County Department of Emergency Management said.

?Reality is starting to set in about just how much damage there is in some of the flooded areas,? said Tim Flock, director of the agency.

The death toll from two storm systems ? one that has spanned the Upper Midwest and another from remnants of Tropical Storm Erin in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri ? reached 22 on Tuesday when searchers found the body of a man tangled in a tree near Lewiston, Minn.

Flooding also continued in northern Iowa as thunderstorms dumped more heavy rain across the already water-logged region Wednesday. Three subdivisions along the Des Moines River near Fort Dodge were evacuated, and crews used rocks and sandbags to shore up a levee that had begun to give way, officials said.

The river crested at 14 feet, four feet above flood stage, and began a slow fall by midafternoon to 13.2 feet, said Penny Clayton, a spokeswoman for the city. She warned of additional rain, though.

A care center was evacuated in Humboldt, Iowa, as water poured into the basement, but no one was hurt.

Thousands of homes were damaged in Wisconsin and Minnesota as the storm swept through. A preliminary survey by the American Red Cross in Minnesota identified about 4,200 affected homes, including 256 complete losses, 338 with major damage and 475 that are still inaccessible, said Kris Eide, the state?s director of homeland security and emergency management.

Heavy equipment is used to dig out used cars buried in silt at a car lot in Hokah, Minn., on Tuesday, after a foot of rain fell on parts of southwest Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota.
Preliminary damage reports in Wisconsin indicate 30 homes and 25 businesses were destroyed. Another 731 homes and 32 businesses were damaged.

In Oklahoma, which recorded a gust of 82 mph and 11 inches of rain, some 300 homes and businesses were damaged in the Kingfisher area and in Caddo County in southwestern Oklahoma, officials said. According to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, 2007 is so far the fourth-wettest on record in the state, with an average rainfall total of 31.96 inches, 8.42 inches above normal.

stillers4me 08-22-2007 09:07 PM

Re: Finley Ohio declares flood emergency
I believe it is Ben's hometown.

What a difference a few miles makes........southern Ohio is dry aa a bone. I have trees that are either losing their leaves way early or they are just plain dying.

SteelCityMan786 08-22-2007 09:19 PM

Re: Finley Ohio declares flood emergency

Originally Posted by stillers4me (Post 282420)
I believe it is Ben's hometown.

What a difference a few miles makes........southern Ohio is dry aa a bone. I have trees that are either losing their leaves way early or they are just plain dying.

That is Ben's hometown.

Atlanta Dan 08-22-2007 09:47 PM

Re: Finley Ohio declares flood emergency
I send my prayers to those in the Midwest, Oklahoma, and Texas that are just getting hammered with flooding.

104 :jawdrop: and bone dry here today

Stainless Steel 08-22-2007 09:51 PM

Re: Finley Ohio declares flood emergency
I was in Findlay yesterday morning and got out before it got too bad. It was a mess. I have a brother in law that had his house basement flooded. Many homes were ruined.

Woogie 08-23-2007 01:55 PM

Re: Findlay Ohio declares flood emergency
My husband is from Findlay and my in-laws live there. It's really bad. My mother in law said that downtown Findlay looks like Venice!

Seriously, my husband is considering going up to help with any clean up once they are able.

Good Morning America filmed from there this morning!

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