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January 5, 2004 - 5:52pm
5 years 11 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 11 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 11 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...
January 5, 2004 - 5:24pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
The village of White Cottage was also hit hard with rain, leaving the Newton Township Fire Department with no choice but to evacuate.

As far as relief efforts are concerned the crews are working right now to help the community members whose homes were damaged by the floods as well as restore their own facility.

Allen Deaver the Battalion Chief describes some of the measures that were taken to help prevent this from becoming a disaster area, “We put all of our desks up...
January 5, 2004 - 4:11pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
The Morgan County Emergency Management Agency issued a report on roads that are closed due to flooding.

Here’s the list: State Route 60 north, State Route 669 north, State Route 376 south and State route 266 south.

Public information officer Kieth Spare says some county roads are also closed due to high water.

They are County Roads 11,62,34,27, and County Road 2 north and south. The roadways remains closed until flooded water recedes.
January 5, 2004 - 3:54pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
A Guernsey County man accused of murder was in Cambridge Municipal Court today for his arraignment.

22-year-old Darrell Brister of Derwent has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 24-year-old James Aiello at a Bloomfield Road home last December.

A court spokesman says the case was continued after the defendant asked for more time to consult with his attorney.

Judge John Nicholson granted the request. Brister’s bond is set at 250-...
January 5, 2004 - 6:18am
5 years 11 weeks ago
Authorities say four people died in a multi-car crash that temporarily closed part of interstate 70 in Licking County early Sunday morning.

The state highway patrol identified the victims as Columbus residents Joel Heisley, Alisha Heisley and Nathan Mcintosh, and Upper Sandusky resident David George.

The patrol says the accident happened when a driver swerved right, high a guardrail and struck Joel Heisley’s vehicle traveling in the same direction.

The patrol...
January 5, 2004 - 6:12am
5 years 11 weeks ago
It’s been a wet couple of days here in southeastern Ohio, and that means flooding, some evacuations and lots of area roads that are covered with water and closed.

First, in Muskingum County the sheriff’s office says a lot of roads scattered throughout the county have high water and may be closed. But there have been no evacuations.

Zanesville Police reported this morning that Canal Street is closed near Dutro Ford due to high water.

In Morgan County the...
January 4, 2004 - 8:37pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
After a successful twelve year run, Newark’s mayor is handing over his key to the city.

Frank Stare says it is bitter sweet leaving, but is proud of his hand in accomplishments seen all over the city including commercial development on 21st street, cutting crime by 23 percent and creating five thousand jobs.

Stare says he is not retiring, just changing gears from political sector to private sector.

After a total of thirty years in politics, Stare gives advice to...
January 4, 2004 - 8:30pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
Newark residents are lucky to have an alternative place to go for emergency care.

Newark Valley Urgent Care, Newark’s first urgent care center is now open.

Dawn Burket, an x-ray technician at the center, says people come there because you can get emergency care quickly.

Buket also says that there is a full staff of doctors and nurses that can treat everything a regular emergency room can.

Newark Valley Urgent Care is open sevens days a week and...
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