Some 4-6 inches of rain that fell overnight Thursday in Paulding County temporarily closed numerous roads there Friday, including U.S. 127, just south of Ohio 114 near Haviland.
Those flooding rains and thunderstorms throughout northwest Ohio also caused local rivers to rise, with some flooding along the Auglaize and Maumee rivers (see below).
Most of the flooding in Paulding County was south of Ohio 613 — in the southern half of the county — while some yards and farm fields still were inundated in various locations Friday afternoon. Many creeks filled up from all the run-off from Thursday night’s storm, thus causing the road closures and hazards.
The flooding also caused Wayne Trace Local Schools to cancel classes Friday, according to Paulding County Emergency Management Agency director Ed Bohn.
Not too far south of there, U.S. 127 was closed Friday afternoon due to flooded Blue Creek, which flowed across the road. However, it reopened shortly thereafter, according to Bohn’s office.
Bohn remarked Friday that people who have “been around for decades” had not seen that much water across U.S. 127.
Grover Hill’s village park (Welcome Park) was underwater on Friday afternoon as well after the West Branch of Prairie Creek flooded.
The high amounts of rainfall and crop debris remaining from last fall’s harvest contributed to the flooding by plugging the water’s escape, Bohn indicated.
He noted that the Grover Hill Fire Department participated in a water rescue in Van Wert County on Friday, just south of the Paulding County line. A motorist’s car stalled out in high water, he related.
Grover Hill firefighters also assisted a family in the town, according to the EMA office’s Facebook page.
Once the rainfall ran into local creeks, the extra water raised the Auglaize and Maumee rivers considerably, causing minor flooding in the usual areas, such as Oakwood’s village park and Defiance’s Kingsbury Park.
According to the National Weather Service, the Maumee River at Defiance was 2.31 feet above flood stage at 1:15 p.m. Saturday while the Auglaize River at Fort Jennings in Putnam County was 5.57 feet above flood stage at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
The Auglaize River level near the power dam south of Defiance was 20.8 feet at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, just below minor flood stage (21 feet).
By early Saturday afternoon, the Maumee’s rising waters covered part of Kingsbury Park, including the baseball field’s outfield. Kingsbury Pool, which has been filled by the city parks department for the upcoming season on June 3, was narrowly spared flooding as of 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Maumee’s rise also figures to slow, or temporarily delay, work on Defiance’s new Clinton Street bridge.
Additional rain is in the immediate forecast.