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Friday, February 23, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About the Flood in Campbell County

Judge Executive Steve Pendery declared a State of Emergency for Campbell County on Thursday, ordering that the local Emergency Operations Plan be fully executed. Although the Ohio River's floodwaters crested and started receding Tuesday night, heavy rains over the past 30 hours have river levels climbing once more.

Streets are closed, floodgates are closed and emergency shelters are open.

Monitoring stations show the river has pushed into moderate flood stage at over 56 feet. Predictions show the river climbing to an estimated crest of 59.4 feet by Tuesday. That would easily make it the worst flooding Greater Cincinnati has seen since March 5, 1997, when the river hit 64.7 feet.

The Campbell County Office of Emergency Management is coordinating the response efforts for this flood event and The Care Mission in Alexandria is offering food, clothing and some household items to those who have had to evacuate their homes.

An Emergency Shelter has been set up at the Alexandria Community Center, 8236 West Main Street, which being managed by the American Red Cross.

Officials there want evacuees to bring clothing, medications and basic necessities. They are also asking to not bring pets.

A list of road closures in Campbell County due to flooding:

Dodgeworth at 1998
Oneonta at Truesdale
Fender Road prior to Rt.8
Lincoln Road in Melbourne towards the end by camp sites
Owl Creek at Uhl Road in Silver Grove
Eight Mile by Rt.8
Maple Street at 1st. Street in Silver Grove
Oak Street in Silver Grove
Emma Way in Silver Grove (trailer park)
Anderson Lane in Melbourne

If you need to evacuate, plan now. Here are some tips:

- Identify several places you could go in an emergency such as a friend’s home in another town or a motel. Choose destinations in different directions so that you have options during an emergency.

- If needed, identify a place to stay that will accept pets. Most public shelters allow only service animals while other shelters will provide separate sheltering for pets.

- Be familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.

- Always follow the instructions of local officials.

- Take your emergency supply kit.

- Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by flooding that may cause road closures.

-If time allows:
o Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows.
o Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving.
o Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
o Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a hat.
o Check with neighbors who may need a ride.

Here are the issues that the National Weather Service says come up as the river rises:

56.5 feet: Significant flooding of California occurs. Backwater flooding along the Little Miami River affects basements and some first level flooding of businesses and homes, with low-lying areas from California to Newtown also experiencing this flooding. The East End experiences flooding of some streets, basements of homes and businesses, as well as low-lying areas near New Richmond in Clermont County. State Route 8 in Kentucky is flooded in low areas, as well as state Route 56 in Indiana and U.S. Route 52 in Ohio.

57 feet: Flooding surrounds homes between U.S. Route 52 and the river in East End, California and areas of Anderson Township. Backwater flooding along the Little Miami and Nine Mile Creek surrounds low-lying homes and businesses in Pierce Township. Water also encroaches on homes in New Richmond. Ludlow and Bromley in Kentucky become flooded in low areas, as well as Aurora, Indiana, along Judiciary and Water Streets. Portions of Route 52 in Ohio, state Route 56 in Indiana, and state Route 8 in Kentucky are flooded.

58 feet: Numerous homes and businesses are either surrounded by water, water in basements or on main levels. Backwater flooding occurs along the Little Miami, flooding low-lying streets and properties. East End, California, New Richmond, Bromley, Ludlow, and Aurora and areas near Lawrenceburg outside the floodwall are most impacted. Buildings at Coney Island flood. The area around Freeman Avenue and along Mehring Way floods, as well as between Gest and Elm on Pete Rose Way.

59 feet: Much of state Route 52 is flooded from Cincinnati to New Richmond. Significant flooding occurs in California, Ohio, with several roads, Coney Island and Riverbend Music Theater mostly underwater. Backwater flooding affects many roads in Anderson Township. Several low roads in the East End are also flooded. Portions of state Route 8 in northern Kentucky become flooded, as well as portions of Lawrenceburg and Aurora, Indiana. Basement flooding of low-lying homes and businesses is widespread.

PHOTO: City of Silver Grove, Facebook page

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