High winds, rain cause localized flooding, little damage
No major problems have been reported to local officials due to the storm that passed through the area Monday afternoon and night, Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson says.
Wind gusts approached approximately 35 miles an hour during the storm that passed through at approximately 5:30 p.m. A tornado watch was in effect for the county until 8 p.m.
“There was some localized flooding and some power outages in the St. Marys area,” Anderson said. “For the most part we got through it pretty good.”
Tornadoes were reported to have touched down in Illinois and Indiana.
In the eastern portion of the county, 3/4-inch to 1-inch hail was recorded during the storm. Wind gusts reached speeds of 35 miles per hour. Rain fall measured from 0.85 inches to 2 inches with the majority of the county falling at the high end of that number.
Anderson said that the gaps between the rainfall prevented flooding from becoming a major issue.
He said it looked like storms approaching Ohio would likely stay south today and that rainfall was not currently fore-
casted for the area.
Anderson said that improvements county-wide has helped with flooding.
“We are getting there,” Anderson said, when asked if flooding issues were improving in the county. “We are always working on those issues. There have been improvements made.”
Farm Service Agency Executive Director Anita Green said no crop damage had been reported yet this morning, but that soybeans were the most likely candidate to sustain damage from the hail.
“They are ripe and unharvested, and that could have caused the beans to be beat out of the pods,” Green said.
Green said the rain likely delayed harvesting for several farmers, which could be a concern due to it already being a late harvest.
A Wapakoneta Police Department official said they received a few high water calls and a lift station alarm activated because the city’s stormwater system could not keep up with rainfall. There were no damage reports made.