Residents resort to canoeing through flood waters in St. Marys

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AUGLAIZE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Several neighborhoods in Auglaize County are dealing with flooding after last night’s severe weather.

Waters measuring several feet high are making travel difficult in some areas. Several residents even resorted to using their kayaks and canoes to get around:

St. Marys City Schools closed on Friday as a result of the water covered roads 

However, emergency crews are warning people that some manhole covers could be dislodged underneath those waters, making it dangerous to step into those flooded areas.

Over at the Continental plant, the second and third shift were canceled because workers could not get their cars into the flooded parking lot.

Flood waters didn’t get to most of the area until the early afternoon.

Shelly Keeling, a St. Marys resident said flooded waters didn’t allow her to attend her late uncle’s wake. “It kind of kept me from getting to go to Lima to go to his viewing but at the same time our family has to be safe,” Keeling said. 

Neighbors tell 2 NEWS that this flooding is unlike those they’re used to seeing.

“We’ve been here for a little over seven years now and this is the worst we’ve ever seen it. Maybe three or four years ago it came up, but didn’t come up to this extent,” says St. Marys resident Jeremy Wenning.

The waters are slowly receding, but if you come across any flooded roads, it is best to find an alternate route.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources also reports that the historic canal structure above Six-Mile Creek sustained some damage. In order to limit water running through the canal and to stabilize the situation, they are installing two coffer dams and limiting flow at other points along the canal north of Grand Luke St. Marys.

A half-mile section of Route 66 is also closed due to high water.

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