Floods hit 300 OH homes,more rain in Indiana

More than 300 homes in southwest Ohio's Butler County saw at least minor flood damage after a weekend of heavy rain.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio | June 16, 2003


More than 300 homes in southwest Ohio's Butler County saw at least minor flood damage after a weekend of heavy rain.

The flooding caused "widespread damage" across the county, particularly in the communities of Ross and Fairfield, said Butler County Emergency Management Director William Turner.

"The storm came through and it just didn't move," Turner said. "It just sat and dumped water."

The southwest portion of the county was hit Saturday night, he said, and the rest received its share of rain and flooding Sunday afternoon.

A dam at Houston Woods State Park also released some water on Sunday, he said, "and that probably contributed to the flooding."

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at St. Clair Community Center, where a few families have stopped by during the day, though nobody stayed overnight, said Janet Camp, emergency services director for the Red Cross in Hamilton, Ohio.

Preble and Hamilton counties also experienced flooding.

Although Butler County continued under a flood watch Monday, Camp thought the worst of the flooding was likely over.

"I think the water has receded enough that if we don't have any more rain we shouldn't have any more problems," she said.

Heavy rain also caused flooding in Union County, Ind., over the weekend causing local officials there to declare a "water emergency," according to meteorologist Robin Gerhardt with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.

The Union County declaration "meant that all the roads were closed in the county" and residents were advised not to leave their homes, she said. The county received between four and six inches of rain.

However, there was no residential damage reported there.


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