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January 6, 2004 - 4:46pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Crews worked through the night preventing more water from flooding areas by the Muskingum River in Zanesville.

The Muskingum County EMA along with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and local fire and law agencies teamed up to help sandbag the bank near Canal Street.

Abut 500- 600 sandbags were placed along the Muskingum River to prevent more flooding including areas like Canal Street.

Mark West, Park Manager of Muskingum County Parkway and Blue Rock...
January 6, 2004 - 4:45pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Despite all the flooding in the area, the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency says the amount of damage done to the area as a whole is minimal unless you live in the line of fire near a river.

Jennifer Hiestand, the public information officer says there is no need to declare a disaster, but if you are a homeowner and have been affected by the flooding to contact the EMA at 740-453-1655.
January 6, 2004 - 4:27pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Dillon Dam officials today announced that they have started releasing water being held in Dillon Lake.

Resource Manager Clifton Kilpatrick says at 2:00 this afternoon officials started to slowly release water being held in the flood control lake.

Kilpatrick says the release is about 1 foot of water per hour and must be done because Dillon Lake is almost at capacity and room must be made in the event of another weather system.

Kilpatrick says it takes about...
January 6, 2004 - 6:09am
5 years 6 weeks ago
Emergency Management officials in Muskingum County say that flooding in Muskingum county remains isolated.

No injuries have been reported and shelters are not open.

According to officials the Muskingum County River crested around 9:00 Monday morning. But even with the declining waters, several roads remains closed.

The E-M-A says voluntary evacuations were made at homes on Riverside Airport Road, Pioneer Drive, and in the Duncan Falls and Frazeysburg areas...
January 6, 2004 - 6:03am
5 years 6 weeks ago
If your water well has flooded, the Muskingum County Health Department has a few safety tips.

Officials say do not use the water for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth or preparing food.

The health department advises the water not be used until the water well is disinfected and the water tests safe.

You should only drink bottled water or boiled water until your supply is tested and found safe.

Bringing water to a rolling boil for five minutes will...
January 5, 2004 - 10:37pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
A portion of Interstate-70 was closed Monday afternoon and last night due to flooding concerns. The closings occured in the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the Buckeye Lake exit.

Lt. Gary Allen with the Granville State Highway Patrol says O-Dot decided to close the portion at around 4:00 p.m. between State Route 37 and State Route 79.

The decision comes as temperatures were expected to reach well below the freezing mark Monday into Tuesday…allowing for the still water on...
January 5, 2004 - 8:26pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Heavy rain, falling over the weekend, has many area creeks, streams, and rivers continuing to exceed their banks.

A link to the latest river stages and ODOT road closures can be found at the bottom of our weather page.

With the rain ending Monday morning, reports of 3-5 inches of rain have been recorded across much of SE Ohio since the weekend began.

On Sunday alone, the equivalent of the entire month of January's average precipitation fell (2.19"). Sat/Sun saw...
January 5, 2004 - 5:52pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
The last thing you would expect in January is heavy rains and serious flooding, but that is exactly what has happened. In Morgan county tonight a state of emergency.

Relief efforts are underway by the Muskingum Valley Red Cross in McConnelsville today are helping evacuated families find food and shelter.

Dan Hartman the Executive Director says that with the help of the National Guard they have been able to make more rescues in areas where cars or trucks could not get...
January 5, 2004 - 5:41pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
While the rain may have stopped, there is still much to be done with the standing water in and around the Dillon Dam.

Workers at the dam have made sure that in emergency situations like this to be prepared for any amount of rainfall that may hit the area.

Shut down is exactly where the dam stands as of now. When exactly the dam will reopen is still unknown.

Clifton Kilpatrick, a resource manager at Dillon Dam also says that people who live near creeks and...
January 5, 2004 - 5:29pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
The rain also caused some problems for the downtown Zanesville area as well, forcing many areas to flood and Canal Street to close.

Fire Chief Dave Lacy of the Zanesville Fire Department says Canal Street is in bad shape which is rather uncharacteristic for that particular area.

Lacy says there is a process of events that must take place prior to reopening Canal Street. As soon as the water recedes back within the banks of the canal the street department will be...
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