TORNADO WATCH FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 3AM MON, 7/28, BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS SEEK SHELTER IF NEEDED!

Tornado Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 3AM MONDAY, 7/28. BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND SEEK SHELTER IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES.

REMEMBER, A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

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TORNADO WATCH FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 9PM SUN, 7/27, BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS SEEK SHELTER IF NEEDED!

Tornado Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 9PM TONIGHT SUNDAY, 7/27. BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND SEEK SHELTER IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES.

REMEMBER, A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

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Crews working Buchtel water line break, boil order until further notice SR 78 Marietta Av to CO line, Duncan, Oakley Drs

Buchtel Boil Order

The Buchtel Water and Sewer Department announces that crews are making repairs to a water line break. Some Buchtel customers will experience a water outage until the line is repaired. A boil order will be in effect until further notice for State Route 78 from Marietta Avenue to the county line, Duncan Drive and North and South Oakley Drive.

Boil orders are put into place as a result of broken water lines or local flooding. When this happens, the drinking water may have been contaminated which can cause many illnesses.

Here are some tips to keep in mind, should you find yourself in this situation:

• Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.
• Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.
• To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator.
• Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!
• Instead of boiling water, you can disinfect water by adding one teaspoon unscented chlorine laundry bleach for every five gallons of water. Let stand 30 minutes before using.
• Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.
• To disinfect water storage containers, pour a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water into a container. Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse with purified water.
• Boiled or disinfected water can be stored for six months.
• Dispose of ice cubes.
• When washing dishes, make sure to sterilize dishes with a final dip in water that has one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Disposable tableware is an option during a boil order.
• It is also recommend you sanitize hands when washing. Again use one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water and rinse hand frequently by pouring rinse over the hands. Use paper towels to dry.
• Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.

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The Plains Water and Sewer District boil order for Athens and Dover Townships has been CANCELED.

Boil Order The Plains Canceled

The Plains Water and Sewer District announces that the boil order for customers in Athens and Dover Townships has been canceled. We wish to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during this event.

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FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR ATHENS CO FROM 12AM, SUN 7/27 THROUGH 4AM, MON 7/28, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS!

Flash Flood Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY FROM 12AM, SUNDAY 7/27 THROUGH 4AM, MONDAY 7/28.

THE COMBINATION OF AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE AND ITS ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE EXCESSIVE RAINFALL TO PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING. RAIN ACCUMULATIONS COULD RANGE FROM 2 TO 4 INCHES WITH THE HEAVIEST STORMS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE PONDING OF WATER ON ROADS, POOR DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING AREAS, AND BRIEFLY MAKE HYDROPLANING POSSIBLE WHERE WATER RUNS ACROSS ROADWAYS.

CREEKS AND SMALL STREAM COULD BECOME OUT OF THEIR BANKS AND FLOOD NEARBY AREAS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WHERE STREAMS AND CREEKS COME ACROSS ROADWAYS THE ROAD AND GROUND AROUND THE ROAD COULD BE ERODED. RAINFALL CAN ALSO MAKE GROUND NEAR SWOLLEN STREAM BANKS SOFT MAKING THE SLIDING INTO STREAMS A HIGH RISK. MUDSLIDES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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Water service in Athens and Dover Twps off due to water line break. Crews working on break, boil order to follow repair

Boil Order The Plains

The Plains Water and Sewer District water service in Athens and Dover Townships will be off due to a water line break. Crews are working on the break and will restore water service as soon as possible. Once water service is restored a boil order will be in place for The Plains Water and Sewer District customers in Athens and Dover Townships until further notice.

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Athens Co Rd 7, Johnson Rd CLOSED, Hocking Hills Dr to the Athens High School entrance, Tue, 7/29 to 8/5, avoid area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 7, Johnson Road in Athens Township, between Township Road 1027, Hocking Hills Drive and the Athens High School entrance, on Tuesday, July 29th through Tuesday, August 5th for a road repaving project. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Rd 143, Potter Rd CLOSED, Bethany Ridge Rd to Jarvis Rd, Wed, 7/23 to Thu, 7/24 8AM to 3:30PM avoid area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 143, Potter Road in Carthage Township, between County Road 53, Bethany Ridge Road and Township Road 570, Jarvis Road, on Wednesday, July 23rd thru Thursday, July 24th from 8:00am to 3:30pm daily, weather permitting. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Rd 53, Bethany Ridge Rd CLOSED, Quigley Rd to River Rd, on Wed, 7/23 to Thu, 7/24 8AM to 3:30PM avoid area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 53, Bethany Ridge Road in Rome Township, between Township Road 145, Quigley Road and Township Road 141, River Road, on Wednesday, July 23rd thru Thursday, July 24th from 8:00am to 3:30pm daily, weather permitting. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.

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Ready for college? Be ready for emergencies!

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If you’re getting ready to head off to college or are helping someone get ready to leave for school, make sure they have an emergency kit.

It can be as simple as an extra backpack with the following supplies and materials. It can be a lifesaver.

Emergency Kit Supplies

  • Change of clothes
  • Shoes and socks
  • First aid kit
  • Cash (small bills and change)
  • Two bottles of water
  • Energy bars or compact food items
  • Flashlight (wind-up preferred)
  • Mobile NOAA Weather Radio
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Local paper map
  • Small notebook and pen/pencil
  • Paper copies of important documents (birth certificate, medical prescriptions, credit/debit card numbers, car insurance, drivers license, medical records, contact lenses/glasses prescription)
  • PDF copy of documents on USB drive
  • Battery-powered cell phone charger
  • Paper list of important phone numbers
  • Cell phone apps for emergency info
  • Package of wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, personal hygiene supplies
  • Rain poncho
  • Space blanket and small pillow
  • Matches and candle
  • Program ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone number into cell phone contacts or on lock screen image

When students get to the college or university campus, they should get information on local and/or campus emergency alert systems. They’re typically texts or calls to the student’s cell phone.

Parents can sign up for these alerts as well to know what’s going on at the student’s college or university.

If the student is living in a dormitory or school administered housing, find out where the emergency or storm shelters are. If they’re living off campus, know where the “safe room” is in the apartment or house.

Know the difference between a lockdown order and shelter-in-place.

Lockdown usually means that the classroom, dorm or housing doors should be locked, windows closed and no one let into the building until police or security gives the OK.

A shelter-in-place order is used when dangerous chemical agents have been released into the air due to an accident. Persons should turn off all furnace and ventilation systems; enter a room with few or no windows and then seal windows, doors, vents and electrical outlets with plastic sheeting and tape. They should monitor radio and/or television for an all-clear order.

In case of severe weather, students should move to the shelter area in the building they’re in. This is usually in a basement, stairway or an interior room without windows.

For more information about being prepared for emergencies, visit: http://www.athenscountyema.org

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