Water Levels Continue to Rise

by Danielle Cotterman on January 27, 2012 at 4:33 am

The constant rainfall in our area is finally takings it toll. High water closed a number of roads Friday and have Dillon Dam officials on alert.

Project Manager Clifton Kilpatrick said grounds are currently saturated from a mixture of rain, snow and ice causing a concern for flooding.

"So this time of year we draw the lake down to winter pool elevation, about 3-feet lower then summer pool, to compensate for the run-off," said Kilpatrick.

Areas both north and south of the dam are seeing the high water levels- particularly the Gaysport and McConnelsville area, who has received nearly an inch and a half within the past 24 hours.

"Because of the dyer situation in McConnelsville we are first going to look at that area," said Kilpatrick. "So we started shutting down here to decrease the flow of water from Dillon, and hopefully the other projects on the Muskingum are doing the same thing to help the situation down below."

The Ohio Department of Transportation closed a portion of state Route 146 in Guernsey County due to high waters.
According to Buckeyetraffic.org other areas experiencing high water road closures included portions of State Route 715 in Coshocton County and State Route 60 on the Coshocton/Holmes County line.

If you see areas of high water, you’re encouraged to call local law enforcement or contact Dillon Dam with questions at 740-454-2225.