Hancock county officials begin evacuations

Emergency officials in the Findlay area have started evacuations in response to the rising Blanchard River.

This latest news comes less than a year after flooding devestated the northwest-Ohio town. Deputy fire chief Tom Jorgensen says about 100 residents have been moved to higher ground. Compounding the problem is the extremely cold water. Gary Valentine directs the county’s emergency management agency.

“We’re trying to get the word to the people not to wade in the water,” Valentine says. “Hypothermia can set on very quickly, and we don’t want to lose any people that way.”

The National Weather Service forecasts rain and snow through Wednesday evening, and the Blanchard River is expected to crest around midday Thursday.