Ben Roethlisberger’s hometown of Findlay, Ohio, is under water due to the town’s worst flood in almost 100 years. But the Steelers’ quarterback said his family has been spared severe damage.

“They actually just have a little water in their basement, just a little bit,” said Roethlisberger. “They just went out and stocked up on a lot of water because a lot of the water’s contaminated.”

Early Wednesday afternoon, the Blanchard River, which runs through the heart of the town of 40,000, was 7 feet above the flood stage, which is the highest since a 1913 flood.

The National Weather Service warned that the river could still rise another half foot or more.

As of Wednesday, the rain had stopped and temperatures in the upper 90s had moved in.

“They say it’s the worst flood that’s ever been at Findlay,” Roethlisberger said. “They had one maybe 10 years ago and I remember how bad that one was, and if it’s worse than that it’s got to be pretty bad.”

Roethlisberger received a text message from one of his friends who was in the middle of it.

“He said he was sitting on his front porch with the water right up to it and canoes were rolling by. It’s just amazing. I’ve talked to a couple people back there and a lot of people were hit pretty hard with this.”

Roethlisberger hinted that he will attempt to provide aid at a future date.

“We’ll see what happens when that time comes around,” he said. “There’s obviously nothing I can do about the water, but when the cleanup and stuff comes around we’ll kind of see where we go from there.”

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Lighting Colon’s fire: Mike Tomlin walked past a couple of reporters in the cafeteria before Thursday’s practice and he kidded them.

“Wait till you guys see the offensive line today,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin appears to be enjoying the media’s bewilderment over the way he’s putting together his offensive line. After three days of continuity, Tomlin on Thursday inserted Max Starks at right tackle with the first team in place of Willie Colon.

Colon was part of what a team source called the first team this week, but a couple of poor practices brought about some dissatisfaction from Tomlin. So Starks was inserted into the first-team line yesterday in an attempt to motivate Colon.

“This is a competition,” Starks said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, so we just take it day-by-day.”

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