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Findlay Flood: The Aftermath

Tee's Oriental Grocery - after the flood. (See previous post for the
Tee's Oriental Grocery - after the flood. (See previous post for the "before" picture)
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Findlay Flood: The Aftermath

Posted on Thu, Aug 23, 2007

It's been a very long several days to be a Hancock County resident. Early yesterday overnight in Findlay, the flood water started advancing far more than anyone expected. By the time it crested around noon, it had tied the record flood level set in 1913. Huge parts of town were underwater.

Downtown was worst hit of the business areas. Pretty much the entire business district suffered some amount of flooding. The bars and pawn shops north of the river were hit worst. The water was chest high through most of that area. West Main Cross was also terrible, with waist high water in many parts over by Dietsch and Great Scot.

Most heartbreaking were shops like Tee's Oriental Grocery - a wonderful little local resource - who had probably four feet of sewage that had crashed in and pretty much tossed everything onto the ground. Then there is Crooked Needle, a quilting shop that had just finished moving to its new location downtown. They'd been open one day when the flood hit and destroyed most of their inventory.

There are happy points, though. The most relieving news is that Coffee Amici was totally spared, despite being two blocks from the river. In fact, they were open today! Their basement absorbed the water, and an anonymous hero sandbagged their entrance in the middle of the night. And Flores Café was open in a diminished capacity, serving tacos and tamales. Folks were inside of Revolver, working feverishly to get things cleaned up. Satang Thai was hit, but should be open again tomorrow. Diestch on Tiffin hopes to be back open in a week.

But this all ignores the real tragedy of this flood: the thousand people who have been displaced from their homes in Findlay. If you can afford it, please make a donation to the United Way. They're doing great work to help get people back on their feet, and donations make a real difference to help them out.

   Discussion: Findlay Flood: The Aftermath
Kelly C (anon) · 9 years, 3 months ago
When mother nature strikes and there is nothing more to be done...sometimes comfort can come in the form of writing a song about the experience. *wink-wink*

Thinking about the residents up there and hoping they get the help, resources, and donations they need. Wish I could be there to help!
Lasse Havelund · 9 years, 3 months ago
Wow, that's pretty devastating. I was watching the news last night---they were reporting "a lot of floods" in the "central US". And guess which town the spotlight was on? That's right, Findlay, OH.

It was pretty scary seeing how it'd evolved into New Venice from the pictures you'd sent. Glad you're OK, though. How about your gear? Studio?
Josh Woodward Back · 9 years, 3 months ago
Everything's good where I live. I'm a good distance away from the river, so there wasn't any flooding here. Not that there weren't some nail-biting moments. :)
Lasse Havelund Back · 9 years, 3 months ago
Wonderful :). Again, glad you're OK.
Jamie Dull (anon) · 9 years, 3 months ago
What happened to areas around U of Findlay? Did the flooding stop at a certain point that way, or did it all just go towards the downtown area?
Josh Woodward Back · 9 years, 3 months ago
Luckily, the U of F was totally spared from what I understand. Pretty much anything on Main north of the immediate downtown area was safe. The area out by the mall was mostly safe (though Satang and the Tiffin Dietsch's flooded, along with other stuff on the west side of Tiffin Ave).
reader (anon) Back · 9 years, 3 months ago
I have been hoping that the Stately Raven Bookstore was spared any damage. Any word on their basement, etc.?
Josh Woodward Back · 9 years, 3 months ago
No word, but I'd imagine they're fine. I think they're on fairly high ground.
Brad (anon) · 9 years, 3 months ago
Glad to hear you're OK Josh - our thoughts definitely go out to all those in Findlay who suffered any sort of loss or displacement.
Carl (anon) · 9 years, 3 months ago
was the Oregon Dr. area flooded
Micheal (anon) · 9 years, 1 month ago
I live by Arlington we got hit bad

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