Weather clears following harsh week

Seneca County had calm weather to end the week. It was a much different situation than what the county encountered several days earlier.

The week included a tornado near Kansas Monday, a tornado in Reed Township and high wind throughout the county Wednesday and flooding as the river level increased.

“It was one heck of a week,” said Dan Stahl, director of Seneca County Emergency Management Agency.

Stahl said he thought things went well, but people suffered a lot of damage in the county. Nobody was injured, he said.

“All the responses went well,” he said.

Stahl said Saturday he did not have any reports of flooding issues or damage from flooding.

“The river’s going down,” he said.

According to National Weather Service, Sandusky River at Tiffin was experiencing minor flooding Saturday afternoon. It was at 10.26 feet at 2:45 p.m.; flood stage is 9 feet. It was expected to drop to 6 feet by 2 p.m. Monday.

Stahl said he saw some areas in the Charlotte Street area and South Duchess Lane that had some high water Friday. He said he did not get an opportunity to talk to any of the residents, and there could be damage in those areas.

Stahl said a lot of people have debris from Wednesday’s storm, and the city and county are taking care of their own area cleanup. He advises people to check with their city or township about cleanup assistance.

By Saturday morning, American Electric Power Ohio had restored power to 95 percent of the customers left without power after Wednesday’s storm. In Seneca County, 880 customers remained without power Saturday afternoon.

The local Community Emergency Response Team has completed its assessment in response to the week’s weather. Stahl said he is to have it formally typed Monday and will submit it to Ohio EMA.

He said Seneca County is the only county in the area that declared a state of emergency, and he does not know if there will be any funding available.