Water Levels Rising in Our Area

by Courtney Wheaton on May 1, 2014 at 6:49 am

It has been a rainy week in Southeastern Ohio, Over 3 inches in Zanesville alone. When that happens, Dillon Dam officails go on high alert working to avoid flooding in our region.

Dillon Project Manager, Clifton Kilpatrick says that Wednesday they shut down the flow of water from the dam to minimal release.

"We are only running about 200 or so CFS right now or cubic feet per second and that was because of the gauges down in McConellsville pretty fast and also we were getting a lot of water in the Dresden area, so we started shutting down to hopefully alleviate the rising rate in those areas, " said Kilpatrick.

Along with monitoring the dam for safety, Kilpatrick is also planning for his big move to Louisville Kentucky. He recently accepted the position of Natural Resource Management Specialist. He says he has a few memorable moments he will carry with him on his journey.

" One of the the things was the flood of 2005, where we reached the highest elevation that was quite an experience and we all in the county worked together, " said Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick’s last day is Friday.