Athens County Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested at 12 Noon 4/1 in Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. Local residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month. There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.

  • Severe Weather
  • When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
  • When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
  • When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.
  • When a public safety emergency occurs the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2. Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.
  3. Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder and lightning are present.
  4. If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.
  5. Carry a battery operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.
  6. Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies, therefore you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.
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SR13 in Glouster CLOSED at Glouster Park, avoid area, follow directions of emergency personnel!

Road Closed Barricade

The Glouster Police department and the Glouster Fire department have CLOSED State Route 13 near the Glouster park until further notice.  Please avoid this area and follow the directions of emergency personnel in the area.

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The Athens County Engineer’s Office has reopened Co Rd 48, New England Rd, Thank you for your cooperation!

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The Athens County Engineer’s Office has reopened County Road 48, New England Road between County Road 38 Sand Rock Road to County Road 18 Potter Road in Bern Township, after repairing a road slip. Thank you for avoiding this area during the repair project.

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Athens Co Rd 24, S Canaan Rd CLOSED, River Rd to Mansfield Rd, Mon, 3/30, 10AM for approx 2 weeks please avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 24, South Canaan Road between Canaan Township Road 129, River Road to County Road 90, Mansfield Road in Canaan Township, Monday, March 30th, at 10 AM for approximately 2 weeks to repair a road slip.  Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Rd 48, New England Rd CLOSED, Co Rd 38 to Co Rd 18, Thu, 3/26, 12 noon until further notice, avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 48, New England Road between County Road 38 Sand Rock Road to County Road 18 Potter Road in Bern Township, Thursday, March 26th, at 12 noon until further notice for a road slip repair project. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Residents FREE Scrap Tire Drop-off, Sat, 4/11 8AM to Noon Wayne National Forest Headquarters US RTE 33

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The U.S. Forest Service’s Wayne National Forest is hosting a FREE Scrap Tire Drop-off event for Athens County Residents Only, Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8 a.m. till noon at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters, located off US Hwy 33 between The Plains and Nelsonville.

The event has the capacity to collect up to 1200 scrap tires, which will be later recycled. Once the trailer is full, the collection site will close. No tires will be received after hours. No tires will be accepted from tire shops, dealers, or repair shops. No tires exceeding 54 in. in height and/or 16 in. in width will be collected.

The event is being held in partnership with Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District, Athens City-County Health Department, Athens County Prosecutor’s Office and Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful. Funding provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Additional Athens and Hocking County collection sites are listed at http://www.ahswd.org.

The public is reminded violators of scrap tire laws could be prosecuted as a felony offense in Ohio with a fine of at least $10,000 but not more than $25,000, or imprisonment for at least two years, but not more than four years, or both.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs and on Facebook.

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Recycle Mania, Community Recycling Day, March 28th – 10am to 2pm, Athens County Fairgrounds, Open to everyone!

Athens Co Recycle Day

Recycle Mania
Community Recycling Day
March 28th – 10am to 2pm
Athens County Fairgrounds
Open to everyone!

Accepting Difficult to Recycle Items & Gently Used Donations.

Accepted Recycling includes:

  • Electronics (if it has a plug or componentry it is recyclable!)
  • Refrigerators, Appliances & Scrap Metal
  • CDs, DVDs, VHS, cassettes
  • Confidential Documents (shredded on site)
  • Lightbulbs, Batteries, Toner cartridges
  • Used and New Paint
  • Clean Styrofoam packaging
  • Paper, Cardboard, #1 through #7 Plastics, Bottles and Cans.
  • Food Waste

Sorry, NO tires. NO hazardous chemicals.

  • Gently Used Donations include:
  • Building supplies (reusable wood, pipe, brick, block, windows, etc.)
  • Furniture (desks, lamps, couches, chairs, shelves, etc.)
  • Working Appliances (from blenders to washing machines)
  • Bicycles and Sports Equipment
  • Books and School Supplies
  • Clothes and Shoes
  • All household re-usable items.

All Services free except a $20 fee for each non-flat screen TV and monitor. Cash only.

Sponsored by: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, ReUse Industries, Accurate IT, Information Destruction Services (IDS), Compost Exchange, Athens-Hocking Recycling Center, E-Paint Recycling and Ohio University Campus Recycling.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/OhioUniversityCampusRecycling or email Recycle@ohio.edu for details

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ATHENS CO FLOOD WATCH FROM 5PM, FRI, 3/13 TO 10PM, SAT, 3/14, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS

Flood Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY FROM 5PM, FRIDAY 3/13 THROUGH SATURDAY 10PM, SATURDAY 3/14.

PERSISTENT RAIN WILL OVERSPREAD THE MIDDLE OHIO VALLEY AND PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL APPALACHIANS BEGINNING FRIDAY. 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE THROUGH SATURDAY IN THE WATCH AREA.

AFTER RECENT RAINFALL AND SNOW MELT, AREA STREAMS, CREEKS AND RIVERS CONTINUE TO RUN HIGH IN MANY LOCATIONS. WITH LITTLE TIME FOR ADDITIONAL RECOVERY AND GROUND THAT REMAINS SATURATED, ADDITIONAL BASIN WIDE RAINFALL WILL MAKE FOR FLOODING POSSIBILITIES ONCE AGAIN. SOME OF THE MORE FLOOD PRONE AREAS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO REACT QUICKLY TO RAINFALL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

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Some Athens Co Roads Closed Due To Flooding as of 12PM, Wed, 3/11, follow link for list

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Flooding and has closed the following Athens County roads;

  • CR 4 – Glenn Ebon Road Between SR 691 and US Route 33
  • CR 58 – Frost Road

Ohio Department of Transportation Closures

  • SR 56     Between Vinton County line and City of Athens
  • SR 144   At CR 65 Deep Hollow Road
  • SR 329 Restricted, between US 50 and SR 144, between SR 144 and SR 550
  • SR 356   Between SR 681 and SR 56
  • SR 681   Between SR 356 and US 50

Do not drive into high water, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!! Please avoid these areas.

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Some Athens Co Roads Closed Due To Flooding as of 9AM, Wed, 3/11, follow link for list

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Flooding and has closed the following Athens County roads;

ROAD NAME LOCATION
CR 4 – Glenn Ebon Road Between SR 691 and US Route 33
CR 58 – Frost Road
Ohio Department of Transportation Closures From http://www.ohgo.com
SR 56 Carbondale area
SR 356
SR 681
SR 690 Mile marker 3.9

Do not drive into high water, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!! Please avoid these areas.

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