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January 6, 2004 - 5:03am
6 years 24 weeks ago
If your water well has flooded, the Muskingum County Health Department has a few safety tips.

Officials say do not use the water for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth or preparing food.

The health department advises the water not be used until the water well is disinfected and the water tests safe.

You should only drink bottled water or boiled water until your supply is tested and found safe.

Bringing water to a rolling boil for five minutes will...
January 5, 2004 - 9:37pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
A portion of Interstate-70 was closed Monday afternoon and last night due to flooding concerns. The closings occured in the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the Buckeye Lake exit.

Lt. Gary Allen with the Granville State Highway Patrol says O-Dot decided to close the portion at around 4:00 p.m. between State Route 37 and State Route 79.

The decision comes as temperatures were expected to reach well below the freezing mark Monday into Tuesday…allowing for the still water on...
January 5, 2004 - 7:26pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
Heavy rain, falling over the weekend, has many area creeks, streams, and rivers continuing to exceed their banks.

A link to the latest river stages and ODOT road closures can be found at the bottom of our weather page.

With the rain ending Monday morning, reports of 3-5 inches of rain have been recorded across much of SE Ohio since the weekend began.

On Sunday alone, the equivalent of the entire month of January's average precipitation fell (2.19"). Sat/Sun saw...
January 5, 2004 - 4:52pm
6 years 24 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 - 4:41pm
6 years 24 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 - 4:29pm
6 years 24 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 - 4:24pm
6 years 24 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 - 3:11pm
6 years 24 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 - 2:54pm
6 years 24 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 - 5:18am
6 years 24 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...
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