The National Weather Service has issued a FLOOD WARNING for Athens County until 4:00PM Friday, 2/18/22.
- WHAT-Small stream flooding caused by excessive rainfall is expected.
- WHERE-A portion of southeast Ohio, including the following counties, Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington.
- WHEN-Until 4:00PM Friday, 2/18/22.
- IMPACTS-Flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations is imminent or occurring. Numerous roads remain closed due to flooding. Streams continue to rise due to excess runoff from earlier rainfall.
- ADDITIONAL DETAILS-At 709 AM, Doppler radar indicated between 1 and 2 inches of rain have fallen. Flooding is already occurring in the warned area. Department of Highways reports numerous road closures due to flooding. Some locations that will experience flooding include Athens, Jackson, Nelsonville, New Lexington, Glouster, McArthur, Oak Hill, Somerset, and Rio Grande. – http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS-Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.
Report Severe Weather to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 800 401 9535, when you can do so safely.