NW Ohio city on alert as flood-prone river rises

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FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) -- The rise of a flood-prone river in northwest Ohio was lessening Friday as city officials continued to keep a close eye on the weather and hoped a predicted end to rain could help prevent major problems.

A few streets were closed but there was no significant damage overnight from the rising Blanchard River, Todd Richard, zoning and flood plan administrator, said Friday.

Some schools were operating on two-hour delays, and Richard said a local nursing home had voluntarily evacuated its residents. The flood-prone city was hit hard in 2007.

"Given the situation, I think we've been pretty fortunate so far," Richard said.

The river was at 14 feet late Friday morning, or about 3 feet above flood stage. It was projected to rise a few more inches before cresting Friday evening.

Several rivers in northern Ohio were close to overflowing, but so far there have not been any major evacuations or problems.

In Marion County in north-central Ohio, high waters from the Scioto River closed two roads near the village of Prospect on Friday.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.thecourier.com