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Richland County Avoids Flooding From Snow Melt And Rain

Story By: Greg Heindel

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 2/21/2014The 50-degree temperature and rain Thursday created a risk of flooding, with deep snow on the ground. But the flood-prone areas of Richland County made it through the night with no problems. Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Bailey says the primary spot affected by high water was the intersection of State Routes 13 and 96. The Ohio Department of Transportation closed 96 westbound overnight, and the barricades were still up Friday morning, even though the water had receded. Until the barricades are removed, you're still not allowed to drive on 96 toward Shelby. And in Shelby, the Black Fork was four feet below flood stage while the Clear Fork in Bellville was seven feet belows its banks. Both were flowing smoothly with no ice jams or debris clogging them. Bailey says with the ground still frozen, there is a potential for high water on rural roads, so beware of that and don't drive through flooded areas. Otherwise, he believes we'll be in good shape through the weekend. The forecast calls for a high in the mid-40's Saturday with no rain, and in the mid-30's Sunday with a slight chance of snow.
   
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