Floods a Problem for Defiance, Toledo and Other Communities

It didn't take long for the water to take over in Sherwood, near Defiance.
It didn't take long for the water to take over in Sherwood, near Defiance.
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NORTHWEST OHIO -- Several communities are dealing with flooding problems, including Toledo, Defiance and Bellevue. (See our Weather Alert box at the top of our home page for specific information on which communities are under flood warnings and watches.)

Henry, Hancock, Putnam and Wood counties are getting the brunt of the storm at this time, which is about 6:15 p.m. on Monday.

Due to excessive rains and high water, SR 20 in the City of Bellevue is closed. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes until water recedes. A suggested alternate route is US 6 east - SR 2 east - SR 4 south - US 20.

One of the hardest hit areas is Sherwood in Defiance County where some homes have been damaged.

More than 6 in. of rain have fallen in Defiance County since yesterday, and at least 2 more in. are expected before midnight on Monday. A hospice also reported that water is creeping in.

It's also happening in Toledo. The Westbrook Trailer Park in South Toledo has really taken a hit, which is not unusual when it rains, residents say. The kids are having fun playing in the water -- but the parents say it's more of a problem.

People could be seen leaving their cars and kicking off their shoes to wade through the water -- just to get to their front doors. Others were transported by larger vehicles.

According to Ken Taylor, some people got stuck in the deep water. He helped an elderly woman whose car stalled this afternoon as she was trying to get home.

"We pushed her car off the side of the road and got her to her house so she wasn't walking through all this water," Taylor said. "It's been like this about a year ago, and it's just, it's crazy."

Area law enforcement officials have released this flooding report:

DEFIANCE -- Most county roads, and many U.S. and State highways including US 24, are covered with water. The city of Defiance has run out of high water signs.

WILLIAMS -- SR 34 west of Montpelier and US 127 has water over the road.

HENRY -- Many county roads have high water over them.

WOOD -- 14000 block of Jerry City Rd. is closed.

There's high water at SR 281 and Emerson Rd.

There's high water on SR 105 between Luckey and Lemoyne Rds.

SENECA -- County and township roads are water covered. SR 18 near Republic is covered with water.