Official To Keep An Eye On Water Levels

ST. MARYS —  A warm spell coupled with recent steady rains have local officials keeping an eye on county waterways.

The remnants of the late December snowstorm melted — and washed — away as a warm front moved into the region and with it unseasonable temperatures. The melting snow and rain have caused water levels rivers and tributaries to begin climb.

“We’ve been monitoring it today,” Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said. “I sent in what we call our liquid precipitation measurement into the National Weather Service. I take the amount of snow pack on the ground and melt it down, and that’s what the equivalent would be if we got rain.”

Anderson recorded measurements shortly after the late December storm. On Tuesday, there was approximately 2 inches left on the ground, which equated to three-quarters of an inch of rain.

“With that half an inch we got overnight (Thursday), that was enough to bring the water levels up,” Anderson said. “The Miami and Erie Canal, we had measurements it was up 12.5 inches just with that rain melt. Right now, we are monitoring the rivers and creeks.”

Anderson predicted the region could see an additional 2 inches of rain this weekend. If that amount holds true, the county could see some localized flooding.

“Keep an eye on all the normal spots,” Anderson said. “With that amount, as long as we get a slow pace and there are breaks in between, we should be OK.”