Flooding remains an issue

Local News

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The rain has stopped for now, but water levels continue to be high.

Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency Director Jeff Jadwin said areas around the county are still dealing with flooding. He said the good news is that rivers appear to have crested at this point and the water is starting to recede.

“We’re fortunate today the river’s coming down,” said Jadwin. “Coshocton is still above flood stage, but it’s coming down, Dresden has started down, Zanesville is down some, McConnelsville is still above flood stage.”

Jadwin said while conditions have improved in the northern part of the county, water remains high in the southern end and around Dillon Dam. He said the rivers and streams continue to be out of their banks and will probably be so for a few more days yet. He said the main concern right now is how much water has been held in the Dillon Dam.

“The big problem now is with Dillon being closed,” said Jadwin. “Dillon is backing water up and their normal Winter pool is 734 feet and they are currently right at 761.”

Jadwin said because of that roads are still badly flooded in that area and drivers need to use caution. He said drivers also need to be careful of road slips and debris left in the road as water levels continue to drop.