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Scioto River at Circleville - February 18, 2018


(Feb. 21, 2018) The NWS has issued Flood Warnings for rivers in the following Ohio counties, expiring through Feb. 25 or until further notice: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Coshocton, Defiance, Fulton, Hamilton, Holmes, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Sandusky, Scioto, Van Wert, Wayne, Williams, and Wood. Counties along the Ohio River will remain at a Flood Warning until further notice. The Ohio River will remain above flood stage for the next five days. Minor flooding is forecast and occurring. Significant rises on area rivers will continue due to heavy rainfall. Expect moderate to major flooding.

A Flood Warning means Take Action! Flooding is expected.

  • Move to higher ground immediately.
  • Use extra caution if driving. Never drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around. Don’t Drown.
  • Listen to your local TV or radio stations for weather forecasts and updates.
  • Listen to public safety and emergency management officials for safety and evacuation information.

 Unless you are a DUCK ...

Turn Around Don't Drown !

Photo: Ross County, Ohio, February 22, 2018


What have Ohio VOAD member organizations been doing lately? 
  • Eastern Ohio Menonite Disaster Services working on permits for rebuiding a burned home in Geauga County.
  • ARC opened shelters in Columbus for apartment fires in January. Also installed 50,000 smoke alarms in the past few years through smoke alarm campaign.
  • Licking County Resilience Team is providing information on Long Term Recovery and Multi-Agency response at Ohio State University North on March 9 from 9-11 am.
  • Salvation Army did casework and provided food for the apartment fires in Columbus in January. In Marietta County, working with businesses in moving merchandise above flood waters. Pre-planning with Hamilton County. 
  • Western Ohio MDS met with partners in western Ohio doing pre-planning. Just received new 7x16 foot tool trailer - working with local businesses to equip the trailer for short term response (muck-out, chain saws, etc.) as well as long term recovery.
  • Disaster Emotional/Spiritual Care training is available through various member organizations upon request.
  • Richland County is offering Public Information Officer training March 21 - 23. More on our Training page - click here.
  • Ohio Emergency Management Agency is requesting volunteers for upcoming disaster preparedness exercises. Please contact David Nunley - dnunley@dps.state.oh.us

EMA Training Schedule for Web EOC       Click here