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Out comes the sun - here's a look at the Riley when it overflows

Weather conditions appears to give Bluffton a reprieve from the rain at the moment. 

In the meantime, many residents in low-lying areas are pumping basements. At this time (early afternoon, June 16), there is no report of the number of persons affected by the flooding.

Forecasts for the remainder of the week vary but  most  forecasts call for more rain late Wednesday evening, heavy showers Thursday, possible showers Friday, cloudy and humid Saturday and possible showers and thunderstorms on Sunday.

Flooding in Bluffton - here's what we know at 11 a.m. - northbound I-75 closed at Bentley Road


10:53 a.m. Nixle Alert: College Ave, Main St, Cherry Street, Jefferson St. Riley St., North bound I-75 are all closed, Water still rising. Sand bags are available at the EMS building. DO NOT drive in standing or running water.

With 3.34 inches of rain from Friday to Monday – according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora, weather observer – area streams are over their banks.

Everything you need to know about GOBA - you, too, are invited to the party

There will be more fathers in Bluffton this Father's Day than ever before. 

Most of the fathers will arrive on bicycles.

GOBA - the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure - arrives in Bluffton on Sunday, June 21 (Father's Day). Over 2,000 bikers will tool through town from Van Wert via Columbus Grove Road to Grove Street, then Jackson, then College Avenue...on to the GOBAville campgrounds on the Bluffton University practice fields at Rosenberger and Elm.

While countless events are planned for the visitors, all events, activities and food choices are open to the public.

Lots of rain means one thing...an overflowing Riley

We've witnessed flooding in the past. Let's call this high water.

After a week of on and off raining an early morning Sunday storm popped the cork on Riley Creek.

A Nixel warning from Bluffton police at 11:37 a.m. read: "Riley Creek is out of banks. College Ave closed. Precautionary measures to move cars from Cherry and Vance are recommended."

These photos taken at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 14, reveal the Riley while the water receeded.

More photos at the bottom of this story.

Severe thunderstorms heading this way

Here's a weather update from AEP:

Severe thunderstorms containing damaging wind gusts to 60 mph will threaten portions of
AEP Ohio and I&M Power this afternoon into early tonight. A hot, humid, and increasingly unstable air mass is in place over the region. An approaching upper-level disturbance and cold front will trigger the storms.

Chairs, quilt, tee shirts, chicken dinner, on Bluffton for Hope Cancer relay schedule

Tickets and bid sheets are  now available in preparation for the Bluffton for Hope Cancer relay fundraisers.  

The community is invited to support cancer research through several projects underway for the June 19-20 Bluffton for Hope cancer relay event, which takes place at Bluffton Family Recreation, 2015 Snider Road. 

Lots - and we mean lots - of silent auction items on the June 19 Relay event

Everything from a corn hole game to gift certificates to area businesses.

This year's Bluffton Area Relay for Hope silent auction provides dozens of bidding opportunities for visitors and relay participants.

The silent acution is from 6 to10 p.m. in the Bluffton Family Recreation gym, 215 Snider Road. It takes place during the Relay, which this year is held at BFR.

The winner bidders do not need to be present at the close of the auction.

An attachment at the bottom of this story includes the items on this year's auction.

Deb Garlock has followed her dancing dream all her life; her 35th annual Dancers' Elite recital is this weekend

Dancers' Elite dance recital is at 7 p.m., Saturday, (doors open at 6 p.m.) and 2 p.m. Sunday, (doors open at 1 p.m.) at the Bluffton middle school. Tickets are $7 at the door.

Deb Garlock can’t get off the dance floor. That’s because she took her own advice and followed her dancing dreams.

For the 35th dance season, young dancers, directed by Garlock’s Dancers’ Elite Studio, will close their year’s classes with a “Follow Your Dreams” dance program this weekend.

June 9 blood drive at Bluffton Hospital

Bluffton's next American Red Cross blood drive is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, at Bluffton Hospital.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code "bluffchos" to schedule yoiur blood donation appointment. Walks ins are also accepted.

All blood donors will receive a free serving of Shirley's Popcorn.

Gardeners tour Backyard Perennials June 2

The Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will tour Cindy Basinger’s Backyard Perennials and More at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 2. The tour is part of the club’s monthly meeting and is open the public.

Basinger’s perennial business is at her home, 9745 Phillips Road, Bluffton.

Additional news of the club is in the Edelweiss News, May 27 issue. It is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.