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Engineer announces current, upcoming road closures

Lawrence County Engineer Patrick Leighty today announced that due to the current river elevations, four roads are still currently closed.

• County Road 181 (Hog Run) at the 0.60-mile mark.

• County Road 22 (Little Storms Creek) at the 0.70-mile mark.

• County Road 42 (Athalia Road) at the 1.35-mile mark.

• County Road 402 (McCall Creek) at the 1.10-mile mark.

With the current predictions of the Ohio River elevation at the Huntington Gage being 54.50 feet at 7 a.m. on Tuesday by the National Weather Service, which may be higher once new data is extrapolated, many more roads will be closed.

• County Road 123 (Chesapeake-Symmes Creek) at the 1.40-mile mark at 1 p.m. Saturday.

• County Road 123A at the 0.05-mile mark by 1 p.m. Saturday.

• County Road 181 (Hog Run) at the 1.60-mile mark by 7 p.m. Saturday.

• County Road 1 (Old U.S. 52) at the 9.90-mile mark by 1 a.m. Sunday.

• County Road 104 (Boothe Eaton) at the 1.90-mile mark by 1 a.m. Sunday.

• County Road 73 (Federal Creek) by 7 a.m. Sunday.

• County Road 1 (Old U.S. 52) at the 6.00-mile mark by 1 p.m. Sunday.

• County Road 56 (Shafer Town) at the 0.05-mile mark by 7 p.m. Sunday.

• County Road 69 (Indian-Guyan) at the 0.10-mile mark by 7 p.m. Sunday.

• County Road 1 (Old U.S. 52) at the 9.48-mile mark by 1 a.m. Monday.

• County Road 22 (Little Storms Creek) at the 1.30-mile mark by 1 a.m. Monday.

• County Road 775 (Old State Route 775) at the 0.20-mile mark by 1 a.m. Monday.

• County Road 104 (Boothe Eaton) at the 0.50-mile mark by 1 a.m. Monday.

• County Road 403 (Irene Road) at the 0.13-mile mark by 1 a.m. Monday.

• County Road 1 (Old U.S. 52) at the 11.40-mile mark by 7 p.m. Monday.

• County Road 21 (Porter Gap) at the 0.25-mile mark by 7 p.m. Monday.

• County Road 15 (Buffalo Creek) at the 8.30-mile mark by 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Leighty said that although these are approximations, they will give residents a rough estimate as to when the water will crest the road. There will also be several state roads that will be closed, but information as to when is not available at this time.

“We will be putting out as many signs as possible to alert drivers of the hazards, but if anyone approaches high water, please do not drive through it, as we would not want these flood situations to become fatal,” Leighty said. “Once the water has gone down, we will be assessing the damages and applying for disaster relief.”

He also added that if you are in an area that will be blocked in, do not hesitate to get supplies or make arrangements, as these times are a guideline and there are possibilities that your road may flood faster than predicted.