Athens Co Rd 81, Fox Lake Rd CLOSED, New Marshfield Rd to SR681, Wed, 6/28/17, 8AM to 2:30PM, please avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be CLOSING Athens County Road 81, Fox Lake Road between County Road 3, New Marshfield Road and State Route 681 in Waterloo Township, Wednesday, June 28th, from 8:00AM to 2:30PM, weather permitting.  The roadway is being closed for a culvert replacement project. Please avoid this area.

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Southern Athens Co Flash Flood Warning until 10:30PM, Fri, 6/23/17, seek shelter if threatened, avoid flood waters!

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Southern Athens County until 10:30PM.  Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.  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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Athens Co Flash Flood Warning until 9PM, Fri, 6/23/17, seek shelter if threatened, avoid flood waters!

Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Athens County until 9:00PM, Friday, 6/23/17.

At 459 PM, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated heavy rain falling across the warned area. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Athens, Nelsonville, Glouster, Chauncey, Buchtel and Jacksonville.

Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.

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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Athens Co Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10PM, Fri, 6/23/17, watch for rapidly changing weather conditions!

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Athens County until 10:00 PM, Friday, 6/23/17. Watch for rapidly changing weather conditions and be prepared to seek shelter if threatening weather approaches.

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ATHENS CO FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT 2AM, FRI, 6/23/17 TO 6AM SAT, 6/24/17, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County from 2:00 AM, Friday, 6/23/17 to 6:00 AM, Saturday, 6/24/17.

In general, 1 and a half to 3 and a half inches of rain is possible across the watch area, with locally heavier amounts, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy combine with a cold front dropping in from the northwest.

The heavy rain in the forecast will fall over a large area, which could easily overwhelm creeks and streams, and cause rises on the main stem rivers. Also, urban flooding is possible, as well as in poor drainage or other low lying areas. Debris flows are also a risk in prolonged rainfall. Road closures will be 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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Nelsonville boil order CANCELED, SR691 and Kimberly Rd, thank you for your patience and understanding during this event

Nelso Boil Order Canceled

The City of Nelsonville Water Department has canceled the boil order for State Route 691 from 15468 to Kimberly Road, Kimberly Road from State Route 691 to the former Poston School. We would like to thank those affected by this incident for their patience and understanding.

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Nelsonville boil order until further notice, 15468 SR691 to Kimberly Rd, Kimberly, SR 691 to former Poston School

Nelso Boil Order

The City of Nelsonville Water Department has issued a boil order due to a water line repair until further notice for State Route 691 from 15468 to Kimberly Road, Kimberly Road from State Route 691 to the former Poston School.

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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SUMMERTIME IS PEAK TIME FOR THUNDER AND LIGHTNING STORMS, Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 18-24

AC When Thunder Roars

In an annual coordinated effort with the National Weather Service (NWS), the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is promoting June 18-24 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week and encourages all Ohioans to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer.

Summer begins on June 21, and summertime is the peak season for thunderstorms in the United States.

So far this year, according to the NWS, there has been one lightning-strike fatality. Last year, there were 38 lightning fatalities in a total of 17 states, including an 8-year-old boy from Coshocton, Ohio. Although lightning fatalities in 2016 were above the average of about 30 per year, overall, the reduction in lightning-related deaths has dropped. The NWS attributes this reduction (from about 50 deaths per year) to greater awareness of lightning danger, and people seeking safety when thunderstorms threaten.

There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Lightning safety is an inconvenience that can save your life. So, “When thunder roars, go indoors!” Stop outdoor activities and seek safe shelter immediately.

The NWS and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourage Ohioans to prepare for thunder and lightning storms – and all severe weather events.

If thunder and lightning storms are happening in your area, you should do the following:

  • Listen to current weather reports on local TV or radio stations, or use a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones and devices, including those plugged into electrical outlets for recharging. Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you can do so safely, unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers, and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing and water. Do not wash your hands, take a shower. Do not wash dishes or do laundry. Water and plumbing conduct electricity.

If you’re caught outside:

  • Take shelter in a sturdy, substantial building. Avoid isolated sheds or small structures in open areas, such as baseball dugouts.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area. Also avoid hilltops or open fields.
  • Avoid being in or near bodies of water such as the beach, a swimming pool, fishing, or on a boat.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal – tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If driving during a severe thunderstorm, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency hazard lights until the heavy rain stops.

To minimize the risk of being struck by lightning, just remember “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” and stay indoors until at least 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder or crack of lightning.

For additional information on lightning safety, visit the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness site at http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov or the NWS site at http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.

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Hooper Rd, in Athens Twp CLOSED, between addresses of 9375 and 9420, Thu, 6/15/17, from 8AM to 3PM, please avoid area

Road Closed

The Athens Township Trustees will be closing Hooper Road, in Athens Township, between the addresses of 9375 and 9420, Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The roadway is being closed for a culvert replacement.  Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Rd 24, S Canaan Rd CLOSED Co Rd 24A, to US Rte 50, Mon, 6/19/17 to Mon, 8/31/17, please avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation will be CLOSING Athens County Road 24, South Canaan Road between County Road 24A, South Canaan Road and US Route 50 in Carthage Township, Monday, June 19th through Monday, August 31st.  The roadway is being closed for a bridge replacement project. Please avoid this area.

The detour is Athens County Road 24 to Athens County Road 24A at Canaanville, then east on US Route 50 to Athens County Road 24 near Guysville.

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