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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Blanchard River at Findlay are issued routinely year-round.

Vertical datum height surveyed by the USGS

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 13.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 12
Flood Stage: 11
Action Stage: 8
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 18.50 ft on 03/25/1913
(2) 18.46 ft on 08/22/2007
(3) 17.43 ft on 06/14/1981
(4) 16.76 ft on 02/11/1959
(5) 16.53 ft on 07/14/2017
(6) 16.50 ft on 02/07/2008
(7) 16.42 ft on 03/01/2011
(8) 16.10 ft on 01/22/1959
(9) 15.58 ft on 12/22/2013
(10) 15.42 ft on 06/02/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 11.81 ft on 03/30/2020 (P)
(2) 14.06 ft on 06/02/2019
(3) 14.06 ft on 06/02/2019
(4) 13.04 ft on 11/19/2017
(5) 16.53 ft on 07/14/2017
(6) 12.37 ft on 05/06/2017
(7) 13.02 ft on 06/17/2015
(8) 15.58 ft on 12/22/2013
(9) 12.43 ft on 07/11/2013
(10) 14.10 ft on 04/12/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.60 ft on 09/12/1976
(2) 0.68 ft on 10/17/1965
(3) 0.74 ft on 09/18/1968
(4) 0.80 ft on 09/21/1980
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19.5 Record flooding. Flood waters top the gage well house.
18.5 High water mark of the 1913 and 2007 floods.
17.5 Major flooding will occur in downtown Findlay. Flooding can be expected from Westerfield Drive to County Road 236 along the Blanchard River. Flooding can also be expected along Eagle and Lye Creeks between State Route 15 and the Blanchard River. About three quarters of the city inundated.
17 FEMA 0.2 percent flood level. Major flooding in Findlay.
16 FEMA 1 percent flood level. Widespread evacuations needed in the City of Findlay. The highways that are impacted include U.S. 68 on the south side.
15.5 Several businesses impacted downtown, with many roads near the river closed. County Road 236 to State Route 568 inundated. The following streets are likely to be flooded, Main Cross Street from Western to Township Road 180, Broad Street, streets along Eagle Creek from Central to Rockside and streets along Lye Creek from Wedgewood to Strong Avenue.
14 Flooding on Blanchard Avenenue and East Main Cross Street. Flooding also occurs on East Street near the Martin Luther King Bridge.
13.5 Major flooding blocking Martin Luther King Parkway and Blanchard Avenue. Several other low lying roads flooded along the river. Travel in and out of the city becomes difficult.
13 Floodwaters impact East Sandusky Street, Main Cross Street, Blanchard Road, Clinton Court, and many other streets near the Blanchard River. Backwater will affect residents living along Eagle and Lye Creeks.
12 Water impacts River Street and Apple Alley on the west side of Findlay, Blanchard Street between Sandusky and Main Cross, and several streets south of Clinton Court near Riverside Park.
11 Flooding impacts areas near Riverside Park and East Main Cross Street in the City of Findlay.
10 Water reaches East Main Cross Street near Lye Creek.
9 Flooding occurs on low lying roads along the river west of Findlay, including County Road 140.
8 Water covers low lying portions of South River Road and Howard Street on the west side of Findlay.

Other Real-time and/or Archive Data Sources:

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Potential River Levels - Used to
Potential River Levels
Used to Estimate the Chance of Flooding and the Range of Possible River Levels
10 Day (HEFS) 7 Day (NAEFS) 7 Day (GEFS)
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Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 48 hours.

See the Product Description Document link for more details on the interpretation of the 3,7 day graphics.

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