Findlay Flooding did not take a vacation this summer

The ongoing problem strikes the town again

By: Olivia Wile, Editor

Twitter: @o_wile

Just because it was summer break for many University of Findlay students, Findlay’s flooding problem certainly did not take a vacation.

On Thursday, July 13, a torrential downpour began that would come close to one of the largest floods in town history. The rain was enough for Sheriffs to issue a Level 2 Flood Advisory for Hancock and Seneca counties.

The flooding even prompted a UF Update from Vice President of Student Affairs, David Emsweller, advising students to notify their instructors if they were not able to drive to summer classes due to road conditions. 

“We would ask that any students taking live summer classes on campus Thursday or Friday notify their instructors if they are unable to drive to campus due to road conditions,” Emsweller writes.

Although damage from the flood did not impact the campus itself, it did impact the community and its members.

University of Findlay student, Will Adeboyejo explains how the flooding impacted both himself and Findlay.

“Downtown Findlay looked like a ghost town. The bridge to downtown was under water, ” Adeboyejo explains. “My apartment had some flooding too, probably about eight inches in the basement.

As Adeboyejo worked at Alexandria’s over the summer, he had difficulties getting to work since the restaurant remained open through the inclement weather.

“I worked downtown at the time of the flood, Adeboyejo states. “To get to work, I had to drive down 75 which was packed by people trying to get around the flooded area.”

Flooding in Findlay has been a problem since the town was established. The community has been working towards a solution, but could not reach one in time for additional flood damage to be caused.

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