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Flooding expected to continue into next week

Nikki Blankenship
Scioto County Candor

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Scioto County remains under flood warning as high waters continue to block roadways and remain a destructive force, shutting down schools and even entire communities like New Boston.
As waters have continued to rise throughout the week, crews have worked across the county to protect homes and businesses from flood damage. However, heavy rainfall and faulty pumps created a disastrous situation for the Village of New Boston. With the Village under water yesterday, the entire community was forced to shut down.
New Boston was not the only local community to be impacted. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) was forced to close several Scioto County roadways including portions of Ohio 73/104, US 52 and Ohio 239.
“These closures are in effect until further notice. Motorists are reminded that crossing any closed route is strictly prohibited, and they should use additional caution when traveling on roadways which remain open but where standing water may be present,” ODOT Public Information Officer Kathleen Fuller warned.

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Scioto County remains under a flood warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). The flood warning is in effect for communities along the Ohio River in both Adams and Scioto counties. According to the National Weather Service, flood stage is 50 feet. As of 11 p.m. last night, the Ohio River was at 51.1 feet.
Though water is expected to decrease tonight, flooding is expected into next week.
“The river will remain near 51 feet through Friday morning before, falling below flood stage late Friday night. The river will then rise again to near 58 feet by Tuesday morning,” the NWS stated.
The NWS added that homes in South Portsmouth (Ky.) have also been affected by flood waters.
Should you experience flood waters, the NWS avoid walking or driving through the water, only walk through water that is not moving, seek higher ground and avoid camping or parking along waterways.
Flood warnings are issued when flooding is imminent or already occurring.
“This warning signifies a longer duration and more gradual flooding of counties, communities, streams, or urban areas. Floods usually begin after 6 hours of excessive rainfall,” the NWS explained.
The flood warning remains in effect until further notice is provided by the NWS.

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