Clark County prepares for more rain after weekend flooding

4:03 p.m Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 Community News
A truck drives through the high water on Lower Valley Pike Sunday. Bill Lackey/Staff

Just as Clark County recovered from heavy rainfall over the weekend, it’s preparing for more starting Wednesday and Thursday.

Clark County road crews were out this week cleaning up after the Miami Valley received one to three inches of rainfall over the weekend from showers and thunderstorms that led to flooding in several areas.

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“We were out sweeping the mud back off of the roadway,” Clark County Engineer Johnathan Burr said. “We had an inch to two inches of mud left from when the water receded on the road.”

High water led to closed roads in some areas like Lower Valley Pike and Spangler Road. That had to be done because part of the road might have been washed away, Burr said.

“We didn’t lose any roadways. We had some gravel berm get washed out and so forth. But that’s the thing with the flood waters — you don’t know if there is a big hole in the road until it goes down,” he said.

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That the flooding created some safety hazards, Burr said, especially as drivers went around the various road closed signs.

“The sheriff’s department has been patrolling the road-closed areas because we fear somebody is going to get hurt through driving around the water, which is why they are up,” Burr said.

The county engineer’s office is preparing for more ran this week. He hopes the dry, warm weather Tuesday was enough to let levels recede in local waterways before the next rainfall hits.

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Rain will develop by mid-morning Wednesday, with on-and-off showers throughout the day, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will make it into the middle 50s today.

On Thursday, rain again is likely, especially the first half of the day, Elwell said. Total rainfall amounts of between ½ inch to 1 inch will be possible. Temperatures will reach into the middle 50s early before falling through the 40s in the afternoon. As temperatures drop in the evening, rain might mix with or briefly change to wet snow, Elwell said, although no accumulation is expected. It will be windy at times.