Several Seneca County residents were displaced Monday because of rising water in their residential area.
Tiffin Fire Chief Bill Ennis said about 49 trailers at Clinton Mobile Homes, 60 N. SR 101, were evacuated around 7 a.m. because of high water.
"In areas, it was waist deep or higher," Ennis said.
Residents were able to return to their homes around 1:30 p.m. after water receded.
A lot of the water was underneath the trailers, Ennis said. A damage estimate was not available Monday afternoon.
A few hours after the evacuation of Clinton Mobile Homes, Riverbend Apartments, 196 E. Market St., were cleared because of water in lower-level apartments.
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East Market Street was closed for several hours Monday. SCAT vehicles and the Tiffin Fire Department evacuated residents in the area after Rock Creek rose above the bridge next to Riverbend Apartments and the AAA Auto Club. Water also flooded the lot around Klay Tire.
Ennis said the complex, which includes 65 occupied apartments, was evacuated around 10 a.m., and some residents had to be rescued by boat.
He said the high water likely caused major damage to the apartments.
Seneca County Red Cross opened a shelter at the Seneca County Fairgrounds to provide housing for displaced residents.
John Sherer, Red Cross director, said as of late Monday afternoon, 35 people were staying at the shelter.
"It's a good, safe place for them to be until they can go home," Sherer said.
The organization was providing cots, food and drinks, along with showers and amenities for the displaced residents.
Ennis said people who live in low-lying areas should keep a watch on water conditions and not hesitate to leave their homes if water gets too high.
Humane Society of Seneca County is assisting pets whose owners are displaced from their homes.
Dan Stahl, director of Seneca Countys Emergency Management Agency, said American Red Cross officials will help make arrangements for small animals to go to Humane Society. Displaced residents must go to the Red Cross shelter at the fair grounds to get assistance.
- Staff Writer Jill Gosche
contributed to this report.