Flooding likely over weekend

Rainfall expected this weekend may mean flooding for some areas of Seneca County, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS issued a flood watch for Seneca County from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon as excessive rainfall combined with snow melt will yield a flood threat.

According to the forecast, rainfall may reach up to 3 inches, and snow melt will provide, on average, an additional two-thirds of an inch to an inch and a quarter of liquid.

Dan Stahl, director of Seneca County Emergency Management Agency, said because of the snow and partially frozen ground, surface flooding will be the county’s main concern with the expected rainfall.

Small streams and creeks likely will flood, but as of now, the Sandusky River isn’t a main concern, he said.

“We’ll wait and see how much rain we get and how fast,” Stahl said. “We’ll keep a close eye on the river.”

According to the weather service, occasional light rain is expected through today, and heavier rain is expected by Saturday afternoon. The heavy rain is to continue into Saturday night.

Although the heavier rain is to be leaving the area Sunday, the flood threat remains as runoff still will be contributing to rises in area rivers, it states.