Flood watch for Richland County through 4 a.m. Friday

BELLVILLE — Richland County remains under a flood watch through 4 a.m. Friday. Other counties in the watch included Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Knox, Lorain, Marion, Morrow, Holmes, Medina, Wayne and Wyandot. Moderate to heavy rainfall with periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms will produce one to locally two inches of additional rain to the region.

Saturated grounds and elevated rivers and streams in advance of the rain have elevated the flood risk. * River Flooding will be likely. Flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas are likely to flood. This may result in driving difficulties or even possible road closures.

Those in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should a flood warning be issued or if flooding develops.

Rain with embedded thunderstorms will move into the area by late morning and continue into this evening. Saturated ground and already elevated rivers and streams will heighten the risk for flooding. Additionally, the potential for localized ice jams on area creeks and rivers will continue.