It's been a stormy and rainy day in southeastern Ohio with some flood warnings in effect and the saturated ground is leaving Dillon Dam officials on high alert.
Project Manager Cliff Kilpatrick said they are constantly monitoring the water levels above and below the dam to ensure that flooding does not occur. Dillon Dam is one of 16 projects along the Muskingum River.
"We all work together and we are all watching what the other one is doing to make sure that one is not doing...
With all of the rain we have had there is a greater risk for flooding and some areas are already affected.
The Muskingum Valley Red Cross says areas prone to flooding will likely have more problems.
"There are some areas where mobile home parks are close to some high water situations and yes the water will get up in there and cause a lot more damage because they are built differently than a regular home," said Julie Davis, Muskingum Valley Red Cross.
Dillon Dam is beginning to prepare for the rainfall that is expected to arrive by Wednesday.
The dam is working in cooperation with 15 other area projects to monitor water levels to ensure that flooding is prevented.
"We don't all want to be releasing water at the same time and so some of the projects have to release water and then when they release water to keep from flooding down stream, we will hold back," said Project Manager Clifton Kilpatrick.
The much needed rain turned into a mess for Zanesville City workers Friday afternoon. Officials say part of Linden Avenue, just east of the Y-bridge, flooded when a drain was clogged and all the heavy rain water could not drain. City workers told us that the one lane, under a bridge just off the Y-bridge, designed for high profile trucks was flooded out around 2:30 due to grass and mud that had accumulated in the drain. Officials say it took crews around an hour to clear out the drain and...
The Army Corps of Engineers is keeping a close eye on Dillon Lake and the downstream into the Muskingum River.
The area has received four inches of rain over the past several days.
"We monitored McConnelsville particularly from Saturday all the way through Saturday night and up until Sunday morning-in the event that it might take a pretty significant rise. We were going to immediately shut down," says project manager, Cliff Kilpatrick.