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Flooding hits central/southern Ohio

Flooding hits central/southern Ohio

(Shelby) - Parts of central Ohio are dealing with flash flooding from heavy rains early Tuesday morning.

A flooding emergency has been declared in Perry County, where emergency management director Rita Spicer says water is four feet high in the village of Corning.

Flooding also reported in Crooksville, and an area known as Rose Farm that lies in both Perry and Morgan County.

"We've had multiple cars stranded already," she said.

Spicer says the railroad has been shut down through Corning.

The Red Cross has been called in and firefighters had to go to some homes to get stranded residents and move them to friends' or relatives' homes.

An emergency center has been set up at Crooksville Fire Dept.

Richland County is also seeing widespread flooding problems.

The Clear Fork River in Shelby forced the fire department out of their station and put about a foot of water over the main road through town. Downstream the river has been continuing to rise.

"We've been seeing it grow by about a foot an hour," said Richland County EMA Director Keith Markley.

Markley says many of the businesses in Bellville have been evacuated. It's not something that's out of the ordinary when heavy rains fall. He says the areas that are flooding now are usually prone to high water.

"There's a lot of roads throughout the county that are closed off," he said. "An awful lot of roads."

While the water appears to be slowly receding in Shelby, Markley says the situation will get worse before it gets better in Bellville. He's just hoping the area doesn't see more rain, though he's been told that's not what the forecast holds. More pop-up storms are expected today before a cold front moves through Wednesday to clear things out.

There are flooding problems along State Routes 95 and 314 in Morrow County, high water on another part of State Route 95 at the Knox-Morrow County line and the Richland-Morrow County line.

Flooding has also reported in Marion and Wyandot County. Perry County in southern Ohio has been declared a flood emergency after days of rain left some roads under water. 


(Photos courtesy Richland County EMA Director Keith Markley)

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