Preparing for Potential Flooding

by Emily Baird on March 16, 2010 at 5:37 am

Water sources in our area continue to recede as drier weather comes back into the picture, but there was a major concern for flooding this past weekend.

Dillon Lake Resource Manager, Clifton Kilpatrick, says his office was monitoring water levels around the area. He indicated there was a lot of water flowing through Newark, McConnelsville, and Dresden. Kilpatrick says he was concerned through Saturday night, especially because more rain was expected.

"The rain that was anticipated, however, did not come in like we thought at first. So, it turned out not to be as bad as we thought at first, " says Kilpatrick.

However, if things were to get bad and flooding became a major concern, Kilpatrick says his office has plans in place to tackle the problem.

"When it becomes a major issue, then we work with water control that monitors the whole basin. Then they would give us the various readings as to what we need to do that not only impacts this area but the whole Muskingum basin, " says Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick says his office has been planning for a scenario, like this one, for a couple months, considering the amount of snow that was going to melt and the ground being so saturated.