Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County from 1 PM, Thursday, 6/21/8 through 2 AM, Saturday, 6/23/18.

Multiple rounds of showers and storms are likely today through Friday. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected each day, with locally higher amounts.

Heavy amounts of rain in short periods of time may cause creeks and streams to rapidly rise out of their banks, along with the potential of flash flooding in urban areas.

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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Heat Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Athens County, which is in effect from 1 PM to 8 PM, Monday, 8/18/2018.

  • HEAT INDEX VALUES, 100 to 102 due to temperatures in the lower to mid-90s, and dewpoints in the lower 70s.
  • TIMING, Midday to early evening.
  • IMPACTS, The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.   Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for NW Athens County until 4:30PM, please seek shelter if threatened by storm!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service in has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northwestern Athens County until 4:30PM.

At 3:55PM, a severe thunderstorm was located over Buchtel, or near Nelsonville, moving south at 10 mph.

  •  HAZARD, 60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.
  •  SOURCE, Radar indicated.
  •  IMPACT, Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include Athens, Nelsonville, Glouster, Chauncey, Buchtel, Jacksonville, Trimble and The Plains.

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a


Please report severe weather to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 800 401 9535, when you can do so safely.

You may also report severe weather by posting your report to the Charleston West Virginia National Weather Service Facebook Page, or by using the Twitter Hashtag, NWSRLX.

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ODOT restricting SR681 to one lane at 9.55 mile, US50 to SR684, 9AM, Mon, 6/18 to 5:30AM, Fri, 6/29, please avoid area

ODOT Narrow Road

The Ohio Department of Transportation will be restricting State Route 681 to one lane at the 9.55 mile marker between US Route 50 and State Route 684, 9:00AM, Monday, June 18, 2018 until 5:30AM, Friday, June 29, 2018. The roadway is being closed for a culvert replacement project.  ODOT has placed traffic signals at the area to control traffic.  Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Flooding Road Closures 06/13/18, 9:15AM, Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Athens Co Road Closed Flooding

June 13, 2018 – 9:15AM

High water has been reported on the following Athens County roads by the Athens County Engineer’s Office;

  • CR 1 – Carbondale, RESTRICTED between Perry Ridge Rd and Dowler Ridge Rd
  • CR 9 – Salem Rd, between Rhoric Rd and Tedrow Rd
  • CR 34 – Dutch Creek Rd, Pete Smith Rd to SR690CR
  • 49 – Joy Rd, between State Route 550 and the County line

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

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Nelsonville boil order CANCELD for Chestnut, E Canal, Elmrock, SR691, Kimberly, Hocking College

Nelso Boil Order Canceled

The City of Nelsonville Water Department has canceled the boil order for Chestnut Street, East Canal Street from Chestnut Street to State Route 691, Elmrock Road, State Route 691 to Kimberly Road, Kimberly Road from State Route 691 to Wolfe-Bennett Road.  This includes the Hocking College Campus.

We would like to thank those affected by this incident for their patience and understanding.

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Nelsonville boil order Chestnut, E Canal, Chestnut to SR691, Elmrock, SR691 to Kimberly, Kimberly, SR691 to Wolfe-Bennett, Hocking College

Nelso Boil Order

The City of Nelsonville Water Department has issued a boil order until further notice for Chestnut Street, East Canal Street from Chestnut Street to State Route 691, Elmrock Road, State Route 691 to Kimberly Road, Kimberly Road from State Route 691 to Wolfe-Bennett Road.   This includes the Hocking College Campus.

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 recommended 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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FEMA public notice regarding severe storms, mudslides, flooding, and straight-line occurring between 2/14/18 and 2/25/18


PUBLIC NOTICE FEMA 4360–DR–OH June 1, 2018

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair and/or replace facilities damaged by severe storms, mudslides, flooding, and straight-line winds occurring between February 14 and February 25, 2018. This notice applies to the Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121- 5207.

Under a major disaster declaration (FEMA 4360-DR–OH) signed by the President on April 17, 2018, the following counties have been designated adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for Public Assistance: Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington. On May 24, 2018, the declaration was amended to add Public Assistance designation to Coshocton, Harrison, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties. Additional counties may be designated at a later date. All counties in the State of Ohio are eligible for HMGP.

This public notice concerns activities that may affect historic properties, activities that are located in or affect wetland areas or the 100-year floodplain, and critical actions within the 500-year floodplain. Such activities may adversely affect the historic property, floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to flood damage.

Presidential Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 require that all federal actions in or affecting the floodplain or wetlands be reviewed for opportunities to relocate, and evaluated for social, economic, historical, environmental, legal and safety considerations. Where there is no opportunity to relocate, FEMA is required to undertake a detailed review to determine what measures can be taken to minimize future damages. The public is invited to participate in the process of identifying alternatives and analyzing their impacts through this notification.

FEMA has determined that for certain types of facilities there are normally no alternatives to restoration in the floodplain/wetland. These are facilities that meet all of the following criteria: 1) FEMA’s estimate of the cost of repairs is less than 50-percent of the cost to replace the entire facility, and is less than $100,000; 2) the facility is not located in a floodway; 3) the facility has not sustained major structural damage in a previous presidentially declared flooding disaster or emergency; and 4) the facility is not critical (e.g., the facility is not a hospital, generating plant, emergency operations center, or a facility that contains dangerous materials). FEMA intends to provide assistance for the restoration of these facilities to their pre-disaster condition, except that certain measures to mitigate the effects of future flooding or other hazards may be included in the work. For example, a bridge or culvert restoration may include a larger waterway opening to decrease the risk of future washouts.

For routine activities, this will be the only public notice provided. Other activities and those involving facilities that do not meet the four criteria are required to undergo more detailed review, including study of alternate locations. Subsequent public notices regarding such projects will be published if necessary, as more specific information becomes available.

In many cases, an applicant may have started facility restoration before federal involvement. Even if the facility must undergo detailed review and analysis of alternate locations, FEMA will fund eligible restoration at the original location if the facility is functionally dependent on its floodplain location (e.g., bridges and piers), or the project facilitates an open space use, or the facility is an integral part of a larger network that is impractical or uneconomical to relocate, such as a road. In such cases, FEMA must also examine the possible effects of not restoring the facility, minimize floodplain/wetland impacts, and determine both that an overriding public need for the facility clearly outweighs the Executive Order requirements to avoid the floodplain/wetland, and that the site is the only practicable alternative. State of Ohio and local officials will confirm to FEMA that proposed actions comply with all applicable state and local floodplain management and wetland protection requirements.

FEMA also intends to provide HMGP funding to the State of Ohio to mitigate future disaster damages. These projects may include construction of new facilities, modification of existing, undamaged facilities, relocation of facilities out of floodplains, demolition of structures, or other types of projects to mitigate future disaster damages. In the course of developing project proposals, subsequent public notices will be published if necessary, as more specific information becomes available.

The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties. Those actions or activities affecting buildings, structures, districts or objects fifty (50) years or older or that affect archeological sites or undisturbed ground will require further review to determine if the property is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (Register). If the property is determined to be eligible for the Register, and FEMA’s undertaking will adversely affect it, FEMA will provide additional public notices. For historic properties not adversely affected by FEMA’s undertaking, this will be the only public notice.

As noted, this may be the only public notice regarding the above-described actions under the PA and HMGP programs. Interested persons may obtain information about these actions or a specific project by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Joint Field Office, 536 S. Clark Street, Sixth Floor, Chicago, IL 60605, or by calling 312- 408-5500. Comments should be sent in writing to Steven W. Johnson, Federal Coordinating Officer, at the above address within 30 days of the date of this notice.

Click for printable PDF Document: DR4360PublicNoticeWEB

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Athens Twp Rd 23, Brown Rd CLOSED, Gun Club Rd to Baker Rd, 8AM, Wed, 6/6/18 to 4PM, Fri, 6/8/18, please avoid this area

Road Closed

The Athens Township Trustees will be closing township road 23, Brown Road from township road 27, Gun Club Road to Athens County Road 10, Baker Road, near the address of 16255 Brown Road. The roadway will be closed starting at 8:00AM, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, until 4:00PM, Friday, June 8, 2018.  The roadway is being closed for a culvert repair project.  Please avoid this area.

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Old Route 33 from Pleasant Hill Rd to Robinson Rd reopened to traffic, 530PM




Old Route 33 from Pleasant Hill Road to Robinson Road has been reopened to traffic.  Please drive safely!

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