Ottawa residents were busy filling sand bags at the village garage on Sunday afternoon in preparation for flooding. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline
Ottawa residents were busy filling sand bags at the village garage on Sunday afternoon in preparation for flooding. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline

The river has crested at 28.33 feet Monday morning.
THE FLOOD WARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR THE BLANCHARD RIVER AT OTTAWA * UNTIL LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. * AT 9 PM SUNDAY THE STAGE WAS 27.8 FEET AND RISING. * MODERATE FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FLOOD STAGE IS 23.0 FEET. * FORECAST... THE RIVER WILL RISE TO A CREST NEAR 28.7 FEET AROUND 1 PM MONDAY DECEMBER 23 AND FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE AROUND 3 AM WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 25. * AT 29.0 FEET... WIDESPREAD MAJOR FLOODING OCCURS THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN OTTAWA.
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... THE FLOOD WARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS...
MISSISSINEWA RIVER NEAR MARION AFFECTING GRANT... MIAMI AND WABASH COUNTIES SALAMONIE RIVER BELOW WARREN AFFECTING BLACKFORD... HUNTINGTON... JAY... WABASH AND WELLS COUNTIES WABASH RIVER NEAR BLUFFTON AFFECTING HUNTINGTON AND WELLS COUNTIES AUGLAIZE RIVER NEAR DEFIANCE POWER PLANT AFFECTING DEFIANCE COUNTY BLANCHARD RIVER AT OTTAWA AFFECTING PUTNAM COUNTY MAUMEE RIVER AT NAPOLEON AFFECTING HENRY COUNTY SAINT JOSEPH RIVER OHIO ABOVE NEWVILLE AFFECTING ALLEN... DE KALB AND DEFIANCE COUNTIES SAINT MARYS RIVER NEAR DECATUR AFFECTING ADAMS... ALLEN AND VAN WERT COUNTIES TIFFIN RIVER NEAR STRYKER AFFECTING DEFIANCE... FULTON AND WILLIAMS COUNTIES
... THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS...
AUGLAIZE RIVER NEAR FORT JENNINGS AFFECTING ALLEN... PAULDING AND PUTNAM COUNTIES
.RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL HAS CAUSED MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING ALONG AREA RIVERS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
SAFETY MESSAGE... NEVER DRIVE VEHICLES THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. THE WATER MAY BE TOO DEEP TO ALLOW SAFE PASSAGE. NEVER ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY IN OR NEAR FLOOD WATERS.