Heavy rain floods area


Heavy rain and wind caused a large tree fell across Ai Creek in Swanotn’s Memorial Park.

The playground area of Memorial Park in Swanton was completely covered in water Sunday.

A raised flower bed at Memorial Park is one of the only things above water on Sunday morning.

The heavy rain caused water to cover not only the practice field near Swanton Middle School, but also Dodge Street.

Streets in the Willow Run subdivision were flooded by the heavy rains.

A sign advertising one of the possible dangers of the flood waters.

Much of the lower portion of Memorial Park in Swanton was flooded Sunday morning.

Only the railings of a pedestrian bridge in Memorial Park are visible on Sunday.

Flood water at the bottom of a pedestrian bridge in Memorial Park.

At times Saturday, it appeared the Swanton area was in the middle of a tropical storm on the Atlantic coast. Heavy rain and winds caused problems throughout the area.

Streets, basements, and waterways were flooded as 3 to 5 inches of rain fell over the area. A flood warning remained in effect into Monday.

Many roadways on Saturday and Sunday were closed to traffic or impassable due to high water. Those included US20A east of Delta, US20 near County Road 7, the Dead Man’s Curve area of County Roads 1-2 and F, and the area near the intersection of County Roads 2 and F. High water also covered streets in the Willow Run and Ashberry Farms subdivisions.

The high water flooded much of the lower portion of Memorial Park in Swanton. The playgrounds and volleyball courts, and a large portion of the baseball field, were under water.

There was also high water in the area of Swanton Middle School and David Hansbarger Stadium. Dodge Street and the practice football field located along the street were covered by water. The water also made its way into the stadium area.

The golf course at Valleywood was also deluged.

All of Providence and most of Side Cut Metropark remained closed Monday.

The winds added to the damage. A large tree was down across Ai Creek in Memorial Park near Garfield Avenue. And a fallen tree heavily damaged a shed and fence in northeast Swanton.

Multiple power outages were reported throughout the area.

In Wauseon, fire and rescue crews had to make their way through high water to the site of a basement collapse.

Unfortunately, more rain is forecast for this week, though it is not expected to be as heavy.