The city of Norwalk’s upper reservoir is closed off, after water plant personnel detected a possible harmful algae bloom similar to the one in Toledo.
The discovery was made yesterday. According to Public Works Director Josh Snyder, there are no similar blooms in the other two reservoirs. Norwalk’s drinking water is produced from water in the lower reservoir, and is unaffected by the bloom in the upper reservoir. The algae in the upper reservoir is capable of producing toxins harmful to humans and pets.
City officials treated the upper reservoir with chemicals last night, after receiving the okay from the EPA. Workers are watching it closely, for a re-application. In the meantime, no boats are allowed in the upper reservoir, and no humans or pets should have any contact with water in the upper reservoir.
A head-on car/motorcycle crash has left one person dead.
The accident occurred shortly before 3 yesterday afternoon on State Route 61 in Plymouth Township. According to the highway patrol, the car veered left of center, and hit the motorcycle head-on. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at a hospital in Shelby. The driver of the car was flown to a Columbus hospital. Names will be released later today.
Unemployment was up last month in Huron County and nearly all surrounding counties.
According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment in Huron County increased by two percent to 8.8 percent. That’s fourth highest in Ohio. Jobless rates increased slightly in Erie, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Ashland and Richland Counties. Only Lorain County saw a slight decrease.
According to the U.S. Labor Department, Ohio lost more than 12,000 jobs in July, by far the worst in the nation.
Economists say the losses show Ohio counties to lag behind other states in recovering jobs lost during the recession.
The Sandusky County Fair begins today, in Fremont.
Two-way traffic has been restored along Norwalk’s Benedict Avenue.
But, Elm at Benedict remains closed. It should re-open in about two weeks.
With school starting tomorrow in Norwalk, a reminder that traffic patterns will be altered on Christie Avenue.
During school mornings only, left turns will be prohibited from Christie onto Benedict, and Christie onto Norwood.