Flooding forces road closuresPublished 9:57am Friday, February 25, 2011
By Benita Heath and Lori Kersey
Heavy rainfall overnight flooded roads in several areas of Lawrence County.
As of 7:30 a.m. there were several flooded roadways according to a dispatcher from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office.
Those roadways included County Road 6 at its intersection with County Road 30, Township Road 268 Crabtree Hollow at its intersection with U.S. Route 52, State Route 650 at the 6 mile marker, State Route 775 at the 8.5 mile marker, State Route 141 at the 17 mile marker, County Road 53 Ned’s Fork Road, and County Road 181 Hog Run Road at State Route 522.
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said State Route 93 had been flooded but had since reopened.
The department is watching the area closely in case it floods again, Fuller said.
According to the National Weather Service, the heavy rain has stopped and the weather will be turning colder throughout Friday.
“The big story is wind coming in bringing colder air, light rain and even snow showers,” said Ken Batty, a meteorologist from the Charleston, W.Va. office of the National Weather Service.
“The heavy rain has pulled out. It will be turning colder. Rain amounts generally are in the inch and a half to inch and three quarters in 24 hours. We haven’t heard of any evacuations. The Ohio River will stay up high through next week.”