Athens County Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey – You Can Help!

Athens County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan and we need to hear from you.  Your input is important so please give us your thoughts and experience about natural hazards such as tornadoes, floods, thunderstorms, and heat waves and how to make Athens County safer.  It is easy and only takes 5 minutes.  Here is the link and THANK YOU:

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Long Run Rd to be chip/sealed Tomorrow – Delays Expected!

The Shelly Company will be applying the final layer to the Co Rd 25 (Long Run Road) Chip/Seal Project tomorrow, August 3. The road will be open but motorists can expect delays.

Road Work Delays

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Co Road 42 (Mill School Rd) & Co Road 1 (Carbondale Rd) closing next week.

Co Rd 42 (Mill School Rd) from Co Rd 47 (Hogue Hollow Rd) to Twp Rd 100 (Sand Ridge Rd) will close on Monday, August 5, 2015 at 8 am for approximately 4 weeks for slip repair.

Co Rd 1 (Carbondale Rd) from Co Rd 3 (Dowler Ridge Rd) to Twp Rd 268 (Perry Ridge Rd) will close Tuesday, August 6 at 8 am for three days for a culvert replacement project. Weather permitting.

Road Closed

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Athens County Emergency Management Requests your help.

Athens County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Hazard Mitigation Plan serves as the county’s “road map” for FEMA assisted mitigation dollars. The more public support and participation received, the more the plan serves its intended purpose and solidifies mitigation support from FEMA. Please take the linked survey to share your thoughts and experience about natural hazards such as tornadoes, floods, thunderstorms, and heat waves.  Your participation can help make Athens County safer.

It is easy and only takes 5-10 minutes – share with others!  THANK YOU!

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County Rd. 67 (Goose Run Rd) to close Monday for bridge replacement

CR 67 Goose Run Rd, will close Monday 7/29/2019 at 7am for approximately 2 weeks  for Bridge Replacement.

The Bridge is located 0.6 miles from CR 96 Greens Run and 1.9 miles from State Route 78.

ODOT Road Closed

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Multiple County Road Closings and Construction Delays


  • Co Rd 39 (Wrightstown Rd) Approximately 1 mile north of Rt 329 closed on Monday, July 22 and will be closed for 3 weeks.
  • Co Rd 48 (New England Road) from Co Rd 38(Sand Rock Road) and Co Rd 18 (Potter Rd) will close Monday August 5, 2019 at 7:00am for approximately 3 weeks. This is for a slip repair project.


  • Shelly & Sands will be chip and sealing on CR 75 (Coolville Ridge Rd) from CR 25 (Long Run Rd) to Twp Rd 90 (Sturbois Rd) today and tomorrow from 7:30 am -7:00 pm.
  • CR 25 (Long Run Rd) from CR 90 (N Coolville Ridge Rd) to CR 75 (Coolville Ridge Rd) today until 7pm.
  • CR 87 (Antle Orchard Rd) entire road, tomorrow 7:30am -7:00 pm
  • Shelly & Sands will be finishing Co Rd 110 (Poston Station Rd)today, with a spraying of rejuvenator over the road surface.

Athens Co Road Closed

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Waterloo TWP RD 261 (Hamley Shortcut Road) closed today, Jul 24th.

Road Closed Barricade

Waterloo Township will have Hamley Shortcut Road closed from 11am to 5pm today for maintenance. The closure will be from address 3455 to SR691.

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Intense Heat ends with risk of Severe Thunderstorms.

A passing cold front today will diminish the intense heat but brings a slight chance of severe thunderstorms with its passage. MA_convectiveoutlook_day1

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of northeast
Kentucky and portions of southeast Ohio.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight.

There is a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms.
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Excessive Heat Today & Tomorrow

Excessive Heat Warning

With temperatures on the rise, the risk of heat related illnesses are of concern. With today and tomorrow’s temperature forecast to be in the mid to upper 90’s combined with high humidity, our expected heat index’s are as high as 110F. Please take precaution during activities this weekend to stay cool and hydrated.  If needed, here are some potential locations around the area to cool down during intense heat periods;

Community Center  – Friday 6am-9pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, and Sunday 11am-7pm

The Plains Fire Department – Friday 11am-9pm

Local Library Branches (multiple locations/hours)




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Athens County to participate in Vigilant Guard 2019

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Military Exercise

Ohio National Guard, state, and local agencies take part in multi-hazard exercise, Aug. 5-8

Columbus, OH – The Ohio National Guard (OHNG) and Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) are the hosts of Vigilant Guard 2019 (VG19), a national-level exercise that is cosponsored by U.S. Northern Command and National Guard Bureau.

Scheduled for Aug. 5-8, 2019, VG19 is a four-day exercise that will test the state’s disaster and emergency response capabilities with a simulated cyberattack event that subsequently causes utility failures and disruptions. Emergency response to hazardous material accidents, civil disturbances, and radiological incidents will also be tested.

“Vigilant Guard will put Ohio’s emergency response capabilities to the test in a worst-case scenario to help us prepare for a real-life threat to the health and safety of Ohioans,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “An exercise of this magnitude requires cooperation across all levels of government, and I commend the efforts of everyone involved for their hard work to make sure we have a successful outcome.”

Exercise activities and venues will take place in the following counties: Athens, Clark, Columbiana, Franklin, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Knox, Licking, Portage, and Washington.

“Vigilant Guard is an exciting opportunity to test and showcase the coordinated disaster response and recovery abilities of Ohio’s military and civilian personnel,” said Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick. “This exercise will enable us to practice our emergency response plans and procedures using a whole community approach. It will make us all better able to serve our great citizens and make our state a safer Ohio.”

“This will be the largest exercise Ohio has ever conducted. We will have 90 local, state, and federal agencies from across the country participating in Vigilant Guard,” according to Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general. “This exercise will allow us, as one joint force, to comprehensively test the readiness of the National Guard alongside our partner agencies, in order to be better prepared to protect our citizens and our state when a disaster hits.”

The public may notice a heavier than usual presence of military personnel, aircraft and equipment, first responders, and emergency vehicles. VG19 will also have civilian volunteers serving as mock accident victims. Emergency responders will exercise search and rescue, medical trauma treatment, and first aid application.

For additional information on emergency preparedness, visit:

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