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UPDATE: Spring storms, possible flooding expected to continue

TOP PHOTO: Rain water collects in a drain on west Columbus Avenue this morning. BOTTOM PHOTO: Beads of rain water form on branches of a tree along west Columbus Avenue today. Storms are expected to continue this evening with the possibility of flooding. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

More rain is expected to fall throughout the evening and overnight and may cause some flooding, area emergency personnel report.

After receiving about two inches in the past 24 hours, an additional one to three inches are expected in the next 24 hours, Logan County Emergency Management Agency Director Helen Norris said.

Several roads in the county, including County Road 60, Township Road 229 and County Road 32 just south of State Route 47, are at risk of being closed because of high water.

“These are indications that the soil has become very wet and our systems are not draining out as fast as the water is coming in,” Mrs. Norris wrote in an email.

The Indian Lake area is also at risk of flooding issues as water drains from the northern section of the watershed.

“In addition, Auglaize County has been getting hit with very heavy rain since last evening with barely any breaks and they are starting to have high water and flood issues on one of their creeks and the Auglaize River and are still in the path of these upcoming rains,” Mrs. Norris said. “We have repeatedly observed that if Auglaize County gets too much water today it will drain into Logan County in the Indian Lake area by tomorrow and for approximately 24 hours after the rain stops in Auglaize.”

National Weather Service monitor Wayne Wickerham of Huntsville reported 2.11 inches of rain this morning while personnel with the Bellefontaine Wastewater Treatment Plant reported 1.91 inches. There were also reports of dime-size hail about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Mr. Wickerham said.

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