CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – Flood waters in Mercer and Auglaize counties are going down. However, the water has caused some long-term damage to several farms and neighborhoods.
Several farmers told 2 NEWS reporter Ethan Fitzgerald they are keeping a close eye on water levels in their fields, but they think crops won’t be impacted.
Most of the remaining flooding remains isolated to nearby farms and low-lying areas near the spillway.
One farmer, who didn’t want to go on camera, said she was shocked when she looked at her fields last Thursday.
“Oh no. That’s your first reaction. Oh no!” said the Celina soybean farmer.
Thankfully the farm didn’t endure any physical damage to the house or any farming equipment.
“If it dries out in a reasonable amount of time, we should be just fine. We wouldn’t ordinarily start planting until mid-May.”
These farms haven’t seen high water like this since 2003.
“That July it absolutely ruined every crop. It ruined our farm crop. It ruined our home garden,” said the farmer.
Megan Morrison lives a few feet away from the shore of Grand Lake. Her garage is still under water and the family also has some garbage pickup to look forward to.
“It still makes me worried now that I’ve seen what could happen,” said Morrison.
The spillway is just down the street from the Morrison home. Locals will tell you the spillway does not look normal as of today.
“I’ve never seen it like this. Usually it is pretty dry. Like even the bottom stays dry. When I noticed the water getting higher I definitely got worried,” said Morrison.
Mercer County Emergency Management says several homes near the lake sustained minor damages to basements, with only one house sustaining major damage to the main floor.
The sheriff’s office says they assisted roughly 6 people over the weekend that got stuck because of flooding.
Mercer EMA says people should always be careful in flood water. At Grand Lake people should also be worried about toxic algae (blooms when it gets warm out) and farm runoff.
“Just remember, any flood water… whatever was on that land whether it gets into trash cans or flooded a septic system, you must be careful in the flood water,” said EMA Director Mike Robbins.
Most people impacted by the flooding also had flood insurance. Mercer County EMA says everyone in the county should consider getting covered.
“People have this misconception that you have to be in the flood plain to get flood insurance. That is not true,” said Robbins.