Recent Rain Increases Risk for Flooding

by Katie McGraw on July 1, 2013 at 6:32 am

Sporadic and scattered storms over the past week, have dropped several inches of rain, which can be a good and bad thing.

For 2013, Zanesville has been a few inches under in precipitation totals and these recent storms have brought us closer to the yearly average. But too much rain, too fast, can lead to flooding.

"One of the problems that occurs with these sporadic or infrequent storms, that come and go, is the low lying areas, where they are along creek banks where you can get flash flooding and people really need to stay watchful along those areas because it’s uncontrollable water and the water can come in and come out and do quite a bit of damage in no time," said Project Manager at the Dillon Dam, Clifton Kilpatrick.

As Lake Project Manager, Kilpatrick’s main focus, is the status of the Dillon Dam. He and his team, monitor the levels of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers, that merge at the Y-Bridge to prevent major flooding.

"The dam is doing good. We started making operation adjustments yesterday morning, Newark started going up, we started seeing a rise at the Newark gauge, and so of course the lake then began to rise. So we started opening up gradually and right now we are going to be continuing to run a good amount of water."

Kilpatrick suggests if you live in low lying areas, with poor drainage such as the Village of Dresden, to pay attention, keep in contact with local EMA and watch the weather.