Heavy rains caused flooding on the Olentangy River on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 near the Ohio State campus.
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Heavy and prolonged rain this week caused flooding in many areas across Central Ohio. The Olentangy River reached a near-record high, Ohio State’s campus sat under inches of water, parts of Westerville were evacuated, and sections of I-71 and Route 23 were closed Wednesday morning due to high water.

"Water, water everywhere." That line from poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge could be the mantra for rain-weary residents across the country. Some regions have seen record amounts of rain since early spring. The Mississippi River and tributaries spent months above flood stage, while all of the Great Lakes are nearly at or above historic highs.

Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit, says data show that the Great Lakes have been on the rise for several years, especially in recent months.

Baby cows outside the Kocher farm.
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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it will give loans to organizations impacted by excessive rain and flooding in Ohio.

It's been a soggy spring, with unprecedented rainfall in Ohio. Farmers are having trouble planting crops, Lake Erie is swollen with water, and for some, the rain means a flare up of bodily aches and pains.

Gov. Mike DeWine talks to farmer Kris Swartz in Perrysburg on June 19, 2019.
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In Perrysburg on Wednesday, Kris Swartz hosted Gov. Mike DeWine and a couple dozen local famers to explain how badly this spring’s rain has derailed planting. Swartz says this year he’s had only one day—June 12—where he was able to plant.


The village of West Lafayette in Coshocton County is in a state of emergency because of flash flooding.

Record rainfall in Cincinnati is causing a local co-operative farm to re-adjust its harvest plan.

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An already water-logged Central Ohio is about to get even wetter. The National Weather Service predicts more heavy rainfall will hit the region on Monday and Tuesday, following a rainy weekend that brought flooding to parts of the area.

Columbus has had more rain this year than even Seattle. That's led to some rain delays for the Columbus Clippers.
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While we are well-warned about April showers, rain is persisting well into May, with another soggy weekend in the forecast for Central Ohio.


A rainy planting season and drier weather later has left Ohio with a damaged pumpkin crop, though that might be affecting the selection more than the prices consumers are paying. 

Meteorologists Confirm Record Rain

Jul 15, 2015
Stephen Wolfe

Ohio meteorologists confirm the past thirty days have been Ohio's wettest since 1878. 


June could go down in the record books as one of the wettest in Columbus.  NBC4 Meteorologist Ben Gelber monitors weather patterns.


It’s going to be another week of quickly-changing weather in Central Ohio.

After a weekend of heavy snowfall, forecasts call for highs near 28 degrees on Monday.