said most problems were in eastern Fulton County.
The west half of the county still looks good, he said.
Only one county road was closed, and that was Co. Rd. F between Co. Rds. 1
and 2 in the Swanton area.
He received several reports of water in the basements of homes, “and there
are a couple we’re watching kind of close,” he said.
On Tuesday, two county highway garage workers were clearing debris from catch
Randy Ruffer, president of the German Township Trustees, said there was no
major flooding on township roads. Places that usually flood after a heavy rain
flooded, he said.
“The rain in our area didn’t come down in buckets. We had a lot of rain, but
it came down gradually,” Ruffer said.
No German Township roads were closed as of Tuesday.
Toby Hines, superintendent at the Ohio Department of Transportation Fulton
County Highway Garage, said every one of the 40 high water signs his facility
has in stock were out along a highway Monday.
While there was water across the road on St. Rt. 2 and St. Rt. 66, the
biggest problem for ODOT was the viaduct on St. Rt. 2 east of Delta.
It has been five to six years since there had been a serious flooding problem
at the viaduct. Hines said water began backing up into the viaduct at 10 am
Monday. It was reopened about the same time the following day.
Flooding occurred at all the usual places, he said, along with some new
places that popped up.
Water was across the road on St. Rt. 2 at three places, the intersections of
Co. Rds. 21 and 22, and one spot west of Co. Rd. 20.
Also, there was flooding on St. Rt. 66, at the curves south of the
unincorporated community of Zone, and another spot north of Zone.
There is also an area that floods south of Fayette on St. Rt. 66.
By midday Tuesday, all the water had receded, high water signs had been
picked up, and ODOT crews were repairing washed-out sections of the berm, or
shoulder, on the road.
Roy Norman, organizational director for the Fulton County Farm Bureau, said
the biggest immediate issue the heavy rain poses for Fulton County farmers is
getting the hay harvested.
The rain may have assisted some late-maturing types of corn to fill out their
ears, but high water may lead to stalk disease.
Weakened stalks could be pushed over by high winds.
Soybeans, he said, could be under some pressure from fungus and other
diseases, and there could be some sudden death of soybeans if water does not
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