A month's worth of rain in two days

SANDUSKY Not again. Area rainfall closed roads and flooded homes in the area Wednesday morning
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Not again.  Area rainfall closed roads and flooded homes in the area Wednesday morning and afternoon.

Meteorologist Alan Reppert of AccuWeather said more than 3 inches of rain pelted the area in the last couple of days.

"It's a decent amount of rainfall. Normally for the month we only see 2.37 inches of rainfall. It's going to be substantially higher due to this," Reppert said.

In Erie County, those affected by the Huron River likely saw the most flooding. Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Walker said the Huron River was about 2.5 feet above flood level Wednesday evening and crested at 21.4 feet.

"We just have to wait," Walker said. "It's wet, but not as wet as it was."

As of Wednesday evening Vermilion River was on its way back down and some people were evacuated from the Vermilion Sailing Club area. Pipe Creek was still high and Lakeland was flooded, but waters were beginning to recede.

Bogart, Strub and Schenk roads were closed earlier in the day, but reopened by 5 p.m. Parts of Campbell Street were still closed, Walker said.

Providence Mission Church in Searsville was taking on water late Wednesday morning and into the afternoon.

Erie County EMA opened a shelter at St. Stephen United Church of Christ on Perkins Avenue.

A deluge of rain and resulting high water also closed several roads in Sandusky County.

Riley, Rice and Townsend townships had several road closings including Christy Road off Ohio 19, County Road 260 between U.S. 6 and County Road 24, parts of County Road 259 and County Road 239 at County Road 259.

"We have high water everywhere," said Chris Mock, deputy director of the Sandusky County Emergency Management Agency. "Fields, yards, everything's covered with water."

Several other areas of the county also had high water but experienced no road closings.

High water spots were expected to recede Wednesday night, Mock said.

Several state and federal roads in Ottawa County have been affected by high water, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation District 2 in Bowling Green.

Ohio 105 is closed in both directions between Ohio 51 and Ohio 590.

Reppert said the weather is expected to be dryer and cooler over the next couple days with highs reaching 32 degrees today and in the low 20s on Friday.

'With the temperatures being so warm over the past few days, we aren't expecting anything more than a coating of snow," Reppert said.

For more local weather information visit www.sanduskyregister.com/weather.

Reporter Jacob Lammers contributed to this story