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Flooding after storms pour down water in areas

Storms that rumbled through the northern region late Monday night left high water standing in the yards of several homes, closed part of one street and damaged a nursing home in an Auglaize County village.

A carpet cleaning service was called to the Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices campus, 100 Red Oak Drive in Cridersville, to deal with the remnants of the rain that hit the region. There were no reports of any injuries.

Reports of flash flooding in the Cridersville area followed a tornado warning that had been issued for Auglaize and Logan counties. These two counties are under a flash flood watch until 10 a.m.

Monday night’s rainfall fell mainly north of I-70, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said.

Flooding was an issue Monday morning and through the afternoon in parts of the region. Champaign, Clark, Miami and Shelby counties were under a flood advisory, and up to 2.5 inches of rain fell across portions of central and western Clark County. The slow movement of the morning storms heightened the risk of flooding.

Temperatures today will be in the mid-80s with scattered showers and thunderstorms continuing. Simpson said the threat for severe storms is low, but very high humidity will bring a threat of heavy rain and more flooding.

The chance for severe weather returns Wednesday, with high winds and heavy rain possible.

“Flooding concerns will rise Wednesday as a very slow moving front will mean a better chance for prolonged heavy rain,” Simpson said. “A saturated ground will not be able to hold much water once again.”

Highs Wednesday will be in the mid-80s, and the last rain showers should taper off in the evening.

Dry weather is expected Thursday, with highs near 80 and a drop in humidity.

Friday will be “wonderful,” said Simpson, with lower humidity, sunshine and temperatures rising to the upper 70s.

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