Rocky Fork Enterprise

Order remains in effect to stay out of Gahanna-area floodwaters


An emergency order that all people stay out of the waters in and around Gahanna's Big Walnut Creek floodways remains in effect until further notice.

Mayor Becky Stinchcomb issued an executive order June 25 at the request of local emergency responders.

Failure to comply with the lawful order of Gahanna law enforcement could result in an arrest.

The emergency declaration was made after Gahanna police received a report about two boys in the Big Walnut Creek at 4 p.m. June 25.

A witness voiced concerns for the children's safety, but it was undetermined if the youths had exited the water.

Gahanna police and the Mifflin Township Fire Department conducted precautionary search efforts.

On Thursday afternoon, June 26, Gahanna spokeswoman Niel Jurist said many Gahanna parks and trails remained flooded.

Residents shouldn't enter a closed park, including Pizzurro Park, Shull Park, Creekside Park, Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, portions of the Big Walnut Trail and the front pool at Gahanna Swimming Pool.

Residents also should use extreme caution in high-water areas, Jurist said, such as Academy Park, Woodside Green Park or Friendship Park.