FINDLAY and OTTAWA -- While News 11's Jerry Anderson was reporting on the flood from Findlay during the 5 p.m. newscast on Wednesday, there was a rescue taking place right under his nose. (See video in Big Red Box or in our Video Box in the top right corner of the home page.)
A young man had been walking along Main St., clutching onto buildings when he went under water.
"He was floating along. We just hauled him up in the boat. He's in shock," said a Liberty Township rescuer. The young man was having difficulty walking when he got out of the boat, but he was able to walk with assistance.
Emergency personnel have told News 11 they have no idea why people are walking around in the water -- it is sewer water, after all.
Further, sometimes rescuers show up to help people leave their homes only to find out the people left before the rescuers got there. Apparently, that's causing rescuers to do searches of properties just to make sure people are not present.
In Findlay, Chrys Peterson talked with Tanya Borowski whose house is flooded. "What struck me was how fast everything came up when we went to bed at 1 (Tuesday morning). We woke up at 7 a.m. and everything was under water," she said.
Chrys also talked with Kyle Rickenbaugh, who owns a spa in Findlay. "We don't have a basement, so we were fortunate," he said. "It's scary."
Resident Pam Carlin told Chrys that her son had gone out to the store on Tuesday and "when he came back, my door was completely flooded. So he went to a shelter."
Pam said she called police to find out if they could help her get out of her apartment, but she said they told her that, since she lives upstairs in an apartment, she would be fine. She was later reunited with her son.
Gov. Ted Strickland was in Findlay on Wednesday and told people, "the State is here to help. Our No. 1 concern is to make sure people are safe. In a safe location, with adequate food and shelter."
The Ohio National Guard has not yet been called out. But the Red Cross in Hancock County has been helping out -- a lot. They issued a call for volunteers and were inundated with offers.
"I just felt I needed to come out and help," said volunteer Dan Metzger.
Findlay Mayor Tony Iriti talked with News 11's Jerry Anderson.
"We crested out at more than 1981 flood and less than 1913 flood," Iriti said. "We probably had 500 people on Main St. tyring to get a little piece of history, people out playing. All of our rescue boats are out rescuing people. There's nothing we can do to force them out (of their homes). It's really up to them. One of the things that will help -- council has agreed to do an early warning system. It will give the National Weather Service better data to be able to predict (these weather events.)"
There have been about 300 people rescued from their homes and 100 who are still in a shelter at the recreation center in Findlay. Eleven-year-old Paige told News 11's Colleen Wells, "I was scared," just before one little boy announced that he wanted pizza.
Chrys Peterson talked with Oliver, who is staying with friends because he can't get home. "They said the power was down. I was freaking out for a little bit," one boy told her, adding that he has been able to talk with his parents, which calmed him down.
Rob Wiercinski reported he saw some drivers out -- despite the high water. "It's never been this bad. We've lived in this house since 1967," one man told him.
News 11's Jennifer Boresz was in Ottawa today, where the situation is dire as well. One resident said, "It's been coming up faster now. It was just 5 inches. Now it's up to 10 inches."
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