River level spikes in Seneca County Wednesday

Water flows in the Sandusky River under the viaduct near Water Street Wednesday.

Sandusky River at Tiffin was nearly in minor flood stage Wednesday.

At 8:45 a.m., the river was observed at 8.99, with minor flood stage being 9 feet, according to National Weather Service. It had decreased to 8.47 feet at 7 p.m., according to the weather service.

Earlier in the day, the river level had increased by about 6 inches in half an hour.

Sgt. Bryan Bryant of Tiffin Police Department said the police department was instructed to start checking the river, to look for log jams and to watch for flooding at Rock Creek and different areas around town.

About noon, Bryant said it appeared the river level was decreasing, but the area was getting more rain Wednesday night.

A flash flood watch is in effect until 8 p.m. today.

Bryant said Rock Creek should have been flowing into the river, but it wasn’t because the river was backed up.

He said that if Rock Creek kept pooling, it would affect University Apartments, Heidelberg University, Tiffin Community YMCA and Hedges-Boyer Park.

“It’s not flowing,” he said of the creek.