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May 21, 2018

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Flood warnings throughout northwestern Ohio

It's wet in Bluffton but it's wet and wild in Findlay.

While the Little and Big Rileys are flooding its banks only in low areas, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik is urging residents in at least one neighborhood to evacuate as rainstorms raise the water level of a flood-prone river.

The National Weather Service had flood warnings Thursday for more than a half-dozen rivers across northern Ohio, including the flood-prone Blanchard River near Findlay. The The Blanchard River rose nearly two feet above flood stage by Thursday evening, flooding some streets as the area continued to get rainfall.

Mayor Mihalik said that one neighborhood had been advised to evacuate and city employees would be monitoring the situation throughout the night and blocking streets as they became impassable because of high water.

The weather service predicted the river would rise by another 2 feet and crest Friday afternoon.