Washed Away

By Melanie Yingst

December 22, 2013

By Melanie Yingst

Staff Writer

MIAMI COUNTY — Four people were rescued by Miami County first responders as flood waters swept their vehicles from the roadways on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Todd Tennant, one woman was rescued from her vehicle near the historic Eldean bridge Saturday night. She was not injured. The woman’s car has not been recovered from the flood. Tennant said Bradford Fire Department’s water rescue unit assisted in the rescue after Troy Fire Department units were all out on flood related calls.

Three people were safely rescued from their vehicle from the intersection of State Route 202 and State Route 41 in Troy around 7 a.m. Sunday morning. According to officials, several cars were stalled due to high waters and several vehicles were swept off the roads due to the powerful waters.

The Troy Fire Department responded to a home on Staunton Road (East State Route 55) in Troy to rescue a couple, and their pets, who were trapped in their home by flood waters.

Tennant said the following roads around the county were closed due to high water: State Route 202/State Route 41; County-Road 25-A/Lytle Road; Piqua-Lockington; State Route 571/Tipp Elizabeth Road.

“It’s hard to get around anywhere,” Tennant said. “From the (Great Miami) river south and east it’s just flowing.”

Tennant said the department had received more than 70 calls related to the flooding including assisting motorists and road checks. Miami County Sheriff’s Department assisted more than 45 motorist due to stalled cars and four accidents due to the heavy rain and flooding throughout the weekend.

Tennant said motorists can and will be cited for driving around “Road Closed” signs. Tennant said the $110 fine is to keep the motorists safe and away from swift moving waters.

The Great Miami River area around Troy will be under a flood watch through Tuesday, according to Andy Latto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Latto said areas south of Piqua received 3.06 inches of rain since Saturday. The Great Miami River levels crested at 9:45 a.m. Sunday morning at 16.58 feet.

“It will slowly start dropping,” Latto said. Latto said the river level will fall below flood levels by noon Tuesday.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Miami Conservancy District’s (MCD) was reporting that three of their five flood protection dams were storing flood water that could otherwise flood cities along the Great Miami River. Storage at the dams begins when the water rises above the conduits (concrete outlets) at the dams.

Storage at the dams as of 4 p.m. Saturday at Lockingon Dam was at 18.37 feet. Storage begins at 12 feet at Lockington.

The conservancy district was reporting 25.24 feet of storage at Germantown Dam, southwest of Dayton, and 17.77 feet, west of Dayton.

Piqua Daily Call photographer Mike Ullery and I-75 Group Content Editor Susan Hartley contributed to this article