The week was a wet one for Seneca County.
As of 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Sandusky River in Tiffin was at 6.85 feet. National Weather Service predicted it would be at 7.7 feet at 1 p.m. today and remain there until 7 a.m. Monday. Flood stage is 8 feet.
The river is expected to drop to 4.7 feet at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Water flows through the downtown portion of Sandusky River Saturday.
The flood risk was on officials' radar Feb. 24.
That day, Dan Stahl, director of Seneca County Emergency Management Agency, said those living in flood plains should have plans about what to do in case of high water and check their evacuation routes and whether they need to salvage belongings. He said officials in his office, which monitors the situation, can help people prepare a plan about what to do.
"We can't stop this event from happening. It's basically be prepared to take whatever action is necessary," he said.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
TR 109 east of Bascom is shown closed due to high water near a bridge Saturday.
The snow from a storm tapered the next day, and Stahl recommended people monitor the flooding situation.
"We could be busy Monday. (I) hope not," he said.
At 8 p.m. Feb. 25, Sandusky River in Tiffin was at 2 feet, 6 feet lower than flood stage.
Water under the bridge:
Water under the bridge:
Tiffin flood 2011
Throughout the last week, melting ice and snow made its way into area waterways and pushed Sandusky River over its bank resulting in a community coming together almost as fast as the powerful current pushing under the Market Street bridge. Area residents, emergency personnel, volunteer organizations and others worked quickly to soften the devastating impact rising waters had on the community.
Listed below is a timeline of events:
* 1:30 p.m. Sunday - Tiffin Fire and Rescue checks boats.
* 12:27 a.m. Monday - Employee responds to alarm at Tiffin Water Pollution Control Center.
* 5 a.m. Monday - Tiffin Community YMCA opens.
* 6 a.m. Monday - YMCA evacuated.
* 7 a.m. Monday - Water enters YMCA, Clinton Mobile Home Resort evacuated.
* 8 a.m. Monday - YMCA CEO stands in 3 inches of water.
* 8:10 a.m. Monday - AEP cuts power to WPCC.
* 8:30 a.m. Monday - about 18 inches of water outside YMCA door.
* 9 a.m. Monday - Man rescued, shelter opens.
* 10 a.m. Monday - Riverbend Apartments evacuated.
* 3:20 p.m. Monday - East Market Street reopens.
* 4:30 p.m. Monday - Water at Heidelberg University starts receding.
* 9:45 p.m. Monday - Sandusky River just below 10 feet.
* 10 p.m. Monday - 175 AEP customers in Seneca County without power.
* 6 a.m. Tuesday - Water at Heidelberg is gone.
* 1 p.m. Tuesday - Water enters Paul Miletti Field House.
* 2:30 p.m. Tuesday - Sandbags placed at field house doors.
* 7 p.m. Tuesday - River hits initial predicted high of 10.62 feet, shelter closed.
* 10.62 feet, shelter closed.
* 5 p.m. Wednesday - River hits highest observation of 10.99 feet.
* 11 a.m. Thursday - Heidelberg campus gathers to clean.
* 4 p.m. Friday - CERT does river damage assessments.
* 7:45 p.m. Saturday - River at 6.75 feet.
Two days later, northwest, north-central and northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania were under a flood watch. That afternoon, Tiffin Fire and Rescue personnel checked rescue boats to prepare for potential flooding.
At 9:45 p.m. Monday, Sandusky River was just below 10 feet. The river, which had risen nearly 8 feet in 24 hours, was under a flood warning that night.
The lower level of Hedges-Boyer Park was closed. Heidelberg University and Tiffin Community YMCA were among the areas affected by flooding from Rock Creek.
Calvert Catholic Schools' Paul Miletti Field House on Charlotte Street was hit by flooding for the second time in three years.
Water started entering the field house by about 1 p.m. Tuesday, and sandbags were placed at the doors about 2:30 p.m. The building nearly was surrounded by water, and the baseball and softball diamonds nearby were flooded.
Tuesday, things seem to be returning to normal on Heidelberg's campus, said Dustin Brentlinger, dean of student affairs. He said water on campus seemed to start receding around 4:30 p.m. Monday and was gone from parking lots by 6 a.m. Tuesday.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sandusky River reached 10.62 feet. But, the water continued to rise, and National Weather Service extended the flood warning for Sandusky River in Tiffin until Thursday afternoon.
The water still was rising Wednesday afternoon. Officials were trying to figure out how much higher it was going to go and when it was going to quit rising, Stahl said.
"This is just a real unusual event," he said.
Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, sent a letter to Gov. John Kasich, offering to help him secure federal flood recovery resources.
The governor must file a request for a federal major disaster declaration to help flood-affected counties in Ohio in order for many flood recovery resources to become available, according to Brown's website.
The highest observation for the river was 10.99 feet at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The measurement would be seventh on the list of historical crests for the river in Tiffin, just below the measurement of 11 feet recorded Jan. 23, 1959.
The river, which remained under a flood warning Thursday night, was at 8.59 feet at 9:45 p.m. that day.
Sandusky River dropped nearly 3 feet over the course of the day Friday and was at 5.45 feet at 10:45 p.m. Tiffin and Seneca County were under a flood watch Friday night, according to National Weather Service.
Rain fell in the area Saturday. The river was under a flood warning and remained in action stage Saturday night.