ZANESVILLE, Ohio – As rain continues to fall, the rivers and streams continue to rise.
Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency Director Jeff Jadwin said rivers, streams, and creeks are over their banks and will continue to rise. He said it is important that people be prepared to leave their homes as the flooding continues.
“Again we want to stress to the people that have your to-go stuff ready to go if you’ve got a home that’s close to the water put things up so it’s not going to get wet if the water gets into your home,” said Jadwin.
Jadwin said there are various roads around the county that are closed due to flooding and that it is important to never drive through standing water. He said they are starting to see road slips and wash-outs from all of the water, as well as issues with debris in the road.
“Not only is the person putting themselves at risk they’re putting the first responders at risk when they’re having to move into the moving water to do the rescues,” said Jadwin.
Jadwin said with winds forecast to pick up overnight people should be prepared for power outages and downed trees due to how saturated the ground is. He said as temperatures also drop overnight water that is on the roads could freeze causing ice patches. Jadwin reminds drivers to never drive through flooded or closed roadways.