GAHANNA, Ohio (WTVN) -- Mayor Becky Stinchcomb has declared a state of emergency due to flooding. It comes at the request of public safety forces.

According to a statement from the city, the emergency declaration orders people to stay away from Big Walnut Creek. The water is very high and running very fast after recent heavy rain.

Anyone seen near the water is subject to being arrested, according to Stinchcomb.

Crews spent more than an hour combing the creek earlier Wednesday afternoon after a caller to 911 reported seeing two boys near the flood waters behind Creekside Cafe. Nothing was ever found and the search was called off.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency has requested that the Red Cross open a shelter at Stonybrook United Methodist Church on Cherry Bottom Road in Gahanna due to flooding. Some homes in the Gould Park area just south of Westerville were told they might want to consider leaving their homes due to flooding.

Cots and other supplies have been setup in case the shelter is needed.