7/17/17 – 5:12 A.M.
Things are getting closer to normal today, following the fifth-highest flood in Findlay’s history. The Blanchard River dropped below flood stage early Sunday morning, after cresting at just over 16.5 feet Friday morning. The river is now well below the action stage, and all area roads have reopened. With that in mind, the cleanup effort is in full swing.
Hancock County is extending landfill hours today through Friday. Commissioner Brian Robertson says the landfill will be open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. Robertson says the commissioners are also working with Marion and Liberty townships to help with debris removal. Those efforts start today in Marion Township. The commissioners will provide scheduling details for Liberty Township on Tuesday. Other township trustees needing help should contact the commissioners’ office.
The City of Findlay said it will pick up flood-damaged debris starting tomorrow. You should place any debris or items damaged by floodwater at the curb no later than 7 a.m. The city stresses the pickup is only for items damaged by the flood.
The United Way’s 211 service is still working to connect people who need help with flood cleanup with volunteers. If you need help or want to offer help you can call 211 for more information.
HATS will be offering free bus rides today, Tuesday and Wednesday because of the flood. To schedule a trip call HATS at 419-423-7261 and follow the prompts.