Muskingum County Under State of Emergency

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The Muskingum County Commissioners have declared a State of Emergency due to the severe snow and ice conditions impacting roads in the area, as well as the ice jams and flood conditions along the Muskingum River.

The commissioners said the decision was made through consultation with the Muskingum County Sheriff, County Engineer and County EMA Director.

This declaration is effective immediately and all public service agencies in the county are requested to respond accordingly.

The Muskingum County EMA said because of the power outages and rising river the county is opening up warming centers. One is at the Dresden United Methodist Church at 1014 Main Street in Dresden, Coburn United Methodist Church on Maple and the Garland Hotel in New Concord.

EMA director Jeff Jadwin said they are currently working with the Red Cross to open an overnight shelter. He said New Concord won’t have power restored for some time.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.