Hydrological Prediction for Blanchard River at Ottawa - Putnam Sentinel

OTTAWA — According to the National Weather Service, the Blanchard River at Ottawa is expected to reach minor flood stage by 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 7. The river is predicted to reach a peak of 24.4 feet by 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, and hold that level until around 6 p.m. that day. Current predictions then call for the Blanchard to drop below the minor flood stage by 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Predicted flood impacts are expected to be minor. According to the National Weather Service, when the Blanchard reaches 23 feet, lowland flooding occurs mainly in south Ottawa. Flood water also gets into low farmlands at that stage. At 25 feet, Flooding begins along south Walnut and west Second Streets on the south side of Ottawa. The Blanchard is not expected to reach the 25 foot stage, but may get very close. Residents and businesses along those streets should prepare for limited flooding.

Readers may track the river's progress at this website maintained by the National Weather Service: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=iwx&gage=otto1.