06-18-03: Downpour drenches county
|City streets are temporarily flooded
By SHELLEY GRIESHOP
The Daily Standard
Words like "buckets" and "cats and dogs" were used
frequently Tuesday to describe torrential rains that struck the local area around noon.
Many streets in Celina became wading pools as traffic slowed, and in
some cases, was rerouted for high water. Police Officer Kent Taylor said he managed to
stay fairly dry while standing in water ankle-deep in the pouring rain, helping detour
traffic on Myers Road near the Yorkshire Apartments.
"I learned the first few years (on the police department) to wear
waterproof boots," Taylor said. "These nice, polyester uniforms dry out pretty
Thankfully, street flooding was only temporary around the city as more
than 2 inches of rain found its way into the storm sewers within hours.
No major incidents were reported throughout Mercer County due to the
flash flooding, according to 911 Coordinator Monte Diegel. However, state and county road
crews were kept busy posting high water signs in the Rockford and Fort Recovery areas. By
late afternoon most of the signs were taken down when the water receded.
Mercer Countians fared much better than their neighbors in western Van
Wert County, where more than 6 inches of the wet stuff fell in some areas.
Local weather forecaster Dennis Howick had some good news this morning
for sun worshippers. After a chance of rain tonight and a cold front overnight,
"sunny, warm and dry" is the forecast for the next several days, he said.
Howick said the local area has received 5.54 inches of rain during the
month of June, up significantly from last year's monthly total of 1.46 inches. The average
June rainfall locally is 3.4 inches, Howick said. A record 8.28 inches was recorded in
Mercer County in June 1958.
Lightning caused temporary power outages for about 60 customers in the
Rockford and Spencerville areas, Midwest Electric spokesman Matt Berry said this morning.
Dayton Power & Light officials reported no problems.
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