FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 7 PM TUE, 6/13/17, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County until 7 PM Tuesday, 6/13/17. Heavy rainfall is expected across the area which may lead to flash flooding.

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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Roy Ave and Connett Rd intersection in The Plains CLOSED, 8AM to 4PM tomorrow, Tue, 6/13/17, please avoid this area

ACWS Road Closed

The Plains Water and Sewer District will be CLOSING the intersection of Roy Avenue and Connett Road in The Plains at 8:00AM until 4:00 PM tomorrow, Tuesday, June 13th. The roadway is being closed for water line utility work in the area. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co 1st Responders complete hazardous materials preparedness exercise on Sat, 6/10, job well Done!

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Athens County LEPC’s full-scale hazardous materials preparedness exercise was held on Saturday, June 10th on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville. The scenario was chemical tanker truck that had been involved in a collision, injuries and a fatality were reported, and the tanker was leaking its hazardous cargo.

First responders from the Nelsonville Fire and Police Departments, Hocking College Police, Athens County EMS, the American Red Cross, Athens County EMA, Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital, Athens County 9-1-1, local amateur radio operators, Athens County Sheriff’s Office explores, and Athens County Jobs and Family Services were involved in this hands-on scenario.

A representative from Ohio EMA and surrounding County EMA’s were on site to evaluate our local response.

The scenario required an initial scene size up by the fire department along with quickly establishing a security perimeter due to the leaking hazardous materials, establishing an incident command post, closing major roads and access to the Hocking River, coordinating the evacuation of nearby businesses and residences and setting up shelter locations in a safe area, making timely and accurate public information statements to the press, contacting a dedicated hazardous materials cleanup team, making entry to the site and removing an injured and contaminated victim, decontaminating the victim for EMS to transport to the hospital, removing and decontaminating a dead body for the coroner, and finally, decontaminating the on-site entry crew.

OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital actually received the EMS patient and followed their internal plan for managing this situation. The hospital also received two patients who arrived by private auto and had been decontaminated. The Athens County 9-1-1 Center processed the radio and telephone traffic (along with daily real calls) as if this staged training event was an actual emergency.

This hands-on preparedness exercise helps keep Athens County first responders ready to help our communities during complex and difficult emergency incidents. Thank you to Hocking College for allowing us to utilize their facilities and a job well done by all our first responders that participated.

 

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Athens Co holding hazardous materials exercise Sat, 6/10/17, Hocking College, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, 8AM to 1PM

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The Athens County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will be holding a full-scale hazardous materials preparedness exercise on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The exercise will be taking place at two locations;

  1. Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio
  2. OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Athens, Ohio

The exercise will be taking place between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Area residents may notice increased emergency vehicle traffic at both locations as emergency first responders and hospital staff simulate dealing with a hazardous materials spill in the Nelsonville area and transporting simulated patients to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital.

All Ohio Counties are required by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) to have a hazardous materials preparedness exercise annually and a full-scale exercise at least every five years. Annual exercises allow responders to review plans and procedures for hazardous materials incidents and make changes to those plans as needed.

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Athens Co Rd 81, Fox Lake Road CLOSED, Baker Rd to Hawk Rd, 12PM, Tue, 6/6/17 for 30 days, please avoid area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be CLOSING Athens County Road 81, Fox Lake Road between County Road 10, Baker Road and Township Road 25, Hawk Road in Waterloo Township, today, at 12:00 PM, Tuesday, June 6th for approximately 30 days.  The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Rd 28, Big Bailey Rd CLOSED, Utah Ridge Rd to Carr Bailey Rd 8AM to 3:30PM, Tue, 6/6/17, please avoid area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be CLOSING Athens County Road 28, Big Bailey Road between Township Road 295, Utah Ridge Road and Township Road 299, Carr Bailey Road in Dover Township, today, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Tuesday, June 6th.  The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren TEST Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield, 12noon Wed, 6/7/17

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. Residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month. There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.

  1. Severe Weather
    • When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
    • When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening, and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
  2. When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.
  3. When a public safety emergency occurs, the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2. Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.
  3. Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder, and lightning are present.
  4. If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.
  5. Carry a battery-operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.
  6. The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies; therefore, you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.
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Athens Co Rd 48, New England Rd CLOSED, Mush Run Rd to Copeland Rd, 8AM, Mon, 6/5/17 to Fri, 6/9/17, avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be CLOSING Athens County Road 48, New England Road between County Road 34, Mush Run Road and Township Road 222, Copeland Road in Rome Township, 8:00 AM, Monday, June 5th through Friday, June 9th. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement project. Please avoid this area.

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Flash Flood Warning, W central Athens Co Until 11:15 PM, seek shelter if threatened, DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOOD WATERS!

Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for West central Athens County Until 11:15 PM.

At 8:09 PM, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing very heavy rain across the warned area, with little movement. These storms are expected to continue through 9 PM before diminishing. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Athens, Nelsonville, Chauncey, Amesville and The Plains.

Please report Severe Weather to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 800 401 9535, when you can do so safely. Do Not Drive Into Flood Waters!

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 County Crime Solvers Anonymous June 2017, Crimes of the Month

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The following incidents has been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as June, 2017 Crimes of the Month.

The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to several criminal acts which occurred within the City.  

1. Breaking and Entries.

On March 21, 2017 between 2:00 and 4:00 AM, an unknown black male forcibly entered the Ginger Asian Kitchen, located at 28 S. Court St.  Once inside, the male was able to steal a large amount of money and an Apple iPad.

On March 28, 2017 at 2:15 AM, the business of Stewart-MacDonald located at 21 N. Shafer St was forcibly entered. The suspect(s) fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.

Between April 14 at 11:00 PM and April 15, 2017 at 7:30 AM, the El Camino restaurant located at 1017 E. State St. was forcibly entered. The suspect(s) stole an undisclosed amount of money.

On April 20, 2017 between 12:30 AM and 9:00 AM, the Gran Ranchero restaurant located at 979 E. State St was forcibly entered. The suspect(s) stole an undisclosed amount of money.

Between April 26 at 8:15 AM and April 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM, the West Side Wingery located at 9 N. Shafer St was forcibly entered. The suspect(s) stole an undisclosed amount of money.

Between May 13 at 11:00 PM and May 14, 2017 at 11:30 AM, China Fortune located at 20 W. Stimson Ave was forcibly entered. The suspect(s) stole an undisclosed amount of money.

On or about May 16, 2017, suspect(s) forcibly entered the concession stand located at the Jaycee Fields (W. State St. ball fields’ area). The stand is operated by the Athens Sandlot Baseball and Softball league.  An undisclosed amount of money was stolen.

On May 17, 2017 at 3:40 AM, McHappy’s Bake Shop located at 485 Richland Ave was forcibly entered. The male suspect (see attached image) gained entry but did not steal anything of value.

  1. Stolen motor vehicles

On May 19, 2017 between 1:45 AM and 8:00 AM, unknown person(s) stole a yellow 2004 Mazda 3 from Franklin Ave. Two days later the vehicle was recovered, unoccupied, in The Plains, Ohio.

On May 21, to the following day, May 22, unknown person(s) stole a silver 2008 Honda Pilot from Elmwood Pl. This vehicle is yet to be recovered.

Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles, not to store any valuables inside them, and definitely do not leave the ignition keys inside.

Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous is offering a $2,000.00 cash reward for information on the above crimes if that information leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible. *Information on serious misdemeanors will be limited to a $1000.00 cash reward.  **Any information that leads to the arrest of an individual responsible for graffiti, the board can authorize up to a $500.00 cash reward. If you have information on these crimes, please call (740) 594 – 3331.

Other cash rewards are available for your information regarding other crimes that have been committed in Athens County and if you have knowledge of other crimes, you are asked to call (740) 594 – 3331. Also visit our website at www.crimesolversofathens.org for information on previous crimes of the month. Postings can also be viewed on Facebook.

Remember! Crime Solvers Anonymous needs your information and not your name so that your information can be passed onto the proper authorities.  Help us to help Athens County become a safer place.

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