Delaware County under flood watch for rest of Saturday


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Heavy rain has caused flooding today in many parts of Delaware County.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for central and western Ohio, including Delaware County, for the remainder of the day. More showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and this evening throughout the region.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio reported Saturday morning that by 11:46 a.m. two to three inches of rain had already fallen across the warned flood area and said the runoff from this rainfall will cause flash flooding. The forecast for Delaware County is calling for 1/4 to 1/2 inch of additional rainfall today.

Police have closed Troy Road north of Eastwood Avenue and report there is water in the travel lanes on US Route 36 West between Springer Woods and Section Line, but the road is still open. They are urging drivers to use caution. Crews have also closed Curtis Street at the curve where it intersects with South Street.

The National Weather Service reported the following areas will experience flooding: Delaware, Marysville, Sunbury, Ostrander, Hartford, Interstate 71 at US Route 36/State Route 37, Olive Green, Stratford, Bellepoint, Warrensburg, Pottersburg, Kilbourne, New Dover and State Route 257 at US Route 36.

Additionally, the service strongly urges drivers to turn around when encountering flooded roadways and report that most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

City of Delaware police reported Saturday that residents should check their storm drains and make sure they are clear of debris to prevent flooding.

A Wind Advisory is also in effect through Sunday. Winds out of the west associated with the storm system will range from 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph.

“Scattered tree and power line damage is possible along with some minor property damage in the highest gusts,” the weather service bulletin noted. “Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.”

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