After a soaking rain fell overnight in central Ohio, residents were assessing the damage and in some cases, packing up for higher ground. Emergency management officials and firefighters were going door-to-door in parts of Marion County today, advising residents in and near the village of La Rue that it might be time to leave.
After a soaking rain fell overnight in central Ohio, residents were assessing the damage and in some cases, packing up for higher ground.
Emergency management officials and firefighters were going door-to-door in parts of Marion County today, advising residents in and near the village of La Rue that it might be time to leave.
Several seniors were evacuated just before 9 a.m. from the Kiwanis Retirement Village, said Marion County EMA director Harry Burdick. He was advising residents near the river to evacuate. He said he expects it to rise at least another six inches.
“I’m seeing water that I’ve never seen before,” he said.
The American Red Cross opened a shelter in La Rue at the Dry Lane Construction Company, 376 Dry Lane Rd. S.
Rt. 95 is closed in about a dozen spots from Marion to La Rue, Burick said.
“We just encourage people, don’t drive through this stuff,” he said. “This water is fast moving.”
Port Columbus saw 2.17 inches of rain overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
The Northwest part of Delaware County is seeing flooding, said meteorologist Andrew Snyder, though no roadways were closed. Circleville will begin flooding later this afternoon.
And Big Darby Creek in Southwest Franklin County will experience some minor flooding this afternoon and into tomorrow.
Some roadways are closed due to high water. In Union County, about 10 non-main roads are closed, a dispatcher said. Ridgley Tract Road, east of Rt. 79, is closed in Licking County. Waterloo and Winchester roads in Fairfield County are closed because of flooding just before 10 a.m. You can check traffic conditions using The Dispatch’s Real Time Traffic Map.
The bad weather was part of a massive system affecting much of the eastern half of the country on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. An estimated 94.5 million Americans are planning to travel by road or air during this holiday season, from yesterday through New Year’s Day. Fights at Port Columbus were mostly on time this morning.
The high yesterday was 69, surpassing the record for the date, which was 64 in 1967. Today’s high is expected to be 59, but the temperature will fall to about 30 overnight. The record high temperature for today was 62 in 1941. There is a chance that today's temperature also beats the record. The chance of snow showers on Monday is about 20 percent, with a high of 35. By Monday night, we’ll be back to winter, with a low of 17.
The weekend storm was forecast to arch more than 2,000 miles from Texas to northern New England in several bands that, depending on local temperatures, could produce up to 6-12 inches of snow along the northern edge, an icy mix in the middle and soaking rains and thunderstorms in the South.