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VIDEO: Man canoes down Stimson Avenue after Athens saw heavy rain

While Athens was pounded with rain over the weekend, one man took advantage of the opportunity to canoe down Stimson Avenue. 

At least one person made the best of a soggy situation in flood-stricken Athens.

A Youtube video, “Canoeing Down the Stimson River,” shows a man paddling a canoe in the streets of Athens following a week of heavy rain in the area. A giggling onlooker recorded the journey, which appears to have taken place near a BP gas station at 1 E. Stimson Ave.

Athens received nearly 2.5 inches of rain during the last three days and was under a flash flood warning from 8 a.m. Saturday until early Sunday morning, according OU’s Scalia Laboratory. The lab warned residents of a “wet” week last Sunday.

The video was uploaded Saturday at around 4:30 p.m. by Lydia Deakin, an Ohio University alumna and current graduate linguistics researcher and tutor.

The man in the video is Matt Forsythe, a 2012 OU graduate. Deakin said the decision to canoe down Stimson was spurred by happenstance — she and Forsythe were driving through the flood, and Forsythe’s canoe was strapped to the top of his car.

He had his canoe on top of his car by chance and so he turned around to put it into the flood on a whim,” Deakin said in an email. “It wasn't flooded for very long — it was right after a pretty intense storm. The best part was that he actually managed to follow traffic laws — he even had a green light!”


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