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Auglaize River heating up

April 1, 2014

Troy Anderson, director of the Auglaize County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, checks the flow of the Auglaize River on Monday. The river’s appearance is deceiving, Anderson said, as he reports that the temperature of the water has risen to about 60 degrees above the norm. (Staff photo/Michelle Meunier)

Just when we thought the effects of winter were over, there comes the threat of volcanic activity beneath the Auglaize River.

According to local officials, recent measurements show the water temperature of the river is at 94 degrees, far warmer than the usual 33 degrees it is this time of year.

Along with the heat, a foul smell has been reported.

“It smells like rotten eggs,” said Josh Hines, executive director of the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce.

“So far it’s been pretty bad for business downtown. The sulfur smell is keeping people away from downtown,” Hines said. “Businesses are being affected, we all have basements and the rumblings are starting to crumble the foundations so we’re starting to worry about the buildings staying up.”

For the full APRIL FOOL'S story, see the Tuesday, April 1 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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