DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 10AM, MON, 2/20/17, SLOW DOWN, USE HEADLIGHTS!

Dense Fog Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Dense Fog Advisory for Athens County which is in effect until 10 AM Monday, 2/20/2017.

  • Visibility – One quarter mile or less at times.
  • Timing – Through 10 am Monday.
  • Impacts – Low visibilities will make it difficult to see, so slow down and use extreme caution.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Dense Fog Advisory means visibility will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

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Athens Co Rd 98, Angel Ridge Rd CLOSED, Old US 33 to Angell Road Tue, 2/21/17, 8AM to 3PM, please avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing Athens County Road 98, Angel Ridge Road from County Road 33A, Old US 33 to Township Road 84, Angell Road in Lodi Township, Tuesday, February 21st from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The roadway is being closed for utility work. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Rd 16, Pleasanton Rd CLOSED Pleasant Hill Rd to Bates Rd, Tue, 2/21/17, 8AM to 2:30PM, please avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing Athens County Road 16, Pleasanton Road from County Road 21, Pleasant Hill Road to Township Road 65, Bates Road in Alexander Township, Tuesday, February 21st from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Water Situation 4PM Update 2/16/17

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As of 4pm on Thursday, February 16th, 2017, the Athens Water Department is continuing work on a major waterline break in the 300 block of W. State Street. The City of Athens continues to experience wide outages in the center and western portions of the city, and the entire city is under a system-wide boil order. Currently, the city anticipates the boil order to continue through Friday evening, and possibly into Saturday morning, based on the duration of the repair. A follow-on press release will provide the exact time the boil order will be lifted.

The city will distribute a limited amount of bottled water to Athens water customers. Customers may pick up one case per car at the maintenance building in front of the Athens Community Center at 701 E. State Street up until 8pm on Thursday evening, and 8am through 6pm on Friday.

Special needs customers who are homebound may coordinate for a delivery of bottled water from the Athens County chapter of the American Red Cross by calling the Athens County EMA office at 740-594-2261 up until 8pm Thursday, and beginning again at 8am on Friday.
The City of Athens apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Questions or concerns may be directed to the City of Athens Engineering and Public Works Department, 740-593-7636.

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O’Bleness Hospital WILL REMAIN OPEN, regardless of water situation, including Emergency Department and all departments

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OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital staff were notified this morning of a water main break in the City of Athens. With the exception of the Castrop Center, THE HOSPITAL WILL REMAIN OPEN, regardless of the water situation. This includes the Emergency Department, the Birth Center, Laboratory Services, Radiology and all other areas.

Athens Medical Associates practices located within the Castrop Center will close at noon today and are planned to reopen tomorrow.

O’Bleness has activated water conservation procedures and currently has safe water available for continued hospital operations.

We are currently assessing the situation to see how the elective surgery schedule will be affected and will let scheduled patients know as soon as we know.

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A boil order has been issued for The City of Athens

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A boil order has been issued at 10:00am 2/16/17 for all City of Athens water customers.The boil order is set to expire at 12:00pm 2/17/17.

A “boil order” is a precautionary measure. The Ohio EPA recommends public water suppliers issue a boil order anytime the pressure in the water distribution system drops below 20psi and the system is compromised due to a water main break, local flooding, structure fires, or even regular operational maintenance. Based on careful analysis by water system personnel, boil orders are only issued for specific areas, and usually for not more than 28 hours.

Here are some tips to keep in mind if a boil order is issued in your area:
-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.
-Dispose of ice cubes made when a boil order is in place.
-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.
-Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.
-Immuno-compromised persons such as those with cancer receiving chemotherapy, organ transplant recipients, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, elderly people, and infants may be more susceptible to infection by Crytosporidium and other microbial contaminants, and should be extra careful.

Remember, a boil order does not mean the water is definitely contaminated, but your public water provider cannot know for sure until 24 hours after a sample is taken, as that is when the test is read. The City of Athens automatically lifts boil orders at the 24 hour mark if the tests come back that no contaminant is present. Please call the boil order hotline at 740-594-5078 for more information on this boil order. General information from the EPA/CDC on appropriate means to lessen infection risk is available at 1-800-426-4791

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The Plains boil order CANCELED for Floyd Dr and Chaning Way Blvd, thank you for patience and understanding

Boil Order The Plains Canceled

The Plains Water and Sewer District has canceled the boil order for Floyd Drive and Chaning Way Boulevard in The Plains. We want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during this event.

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Athens Co Rd 19, Radford Rd CLOSED Baker Rd to SR 56, Tue, 2/14/17, 11:30AM to 1:30PM, please avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office has CLOSED Athens County Road 19, Radford Road from County Road 10, Baker Road to State Route 56 in Athens Township, Tuesday, February 14th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  The roadway is being closed to remove a dead tree.  Please avoid this area.

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The Plains BOIL ORDER for all of Floyd Drive and Chaning Way BLVD in The Plains until further notice

Boil Order The Plains

The Plains Water and Sewer Department announces that they are working on a water line repair on Floyd Drive in The Plains. Once the repair is completed a boil order will be in effect for all of Floyd Drive and Chaning Way Boulevard in The Plains until further notice.

Boil orders are put into place because 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:

  1. Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.
  2. Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.
  3. To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator.
  4. Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!
  5. 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.
  6. Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.
  7. 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.
  8. Boiled or disinfected water can be stored for six months.
  9. Dispose of ice cubes.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.
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Intersection of Angell Rd, and Bainey Rd CLOSED, Lodi TWP, next several hours due to vehicle accident, avoid this area

Road Closed

The Intersection of Lodi Township Road 84, Angell Road, and Lodi Township Road 84A, Bainey Road is closed for the next several hours due to a vehicle accident in the intersection. Please avoid this area.

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