RUSHCREEK TOWNSHIP – Eight hours of constant rain, and melted snow has caused high water throughout the county, closing some roads.
At midday Wednesday more than a foot and half of water had covered Holliday Road in Rushcreek Township. A sport utility vehicle was swept off the road and into a flooded ditch.
Buy PhotoRushcreek Township Trustee Dave Myers drags a road closed sign into a middle of Holliday Road near Bremen Road Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Myers said an SUV was swept off the road after the driver attempted to go through more than a foot of water. (Photo: Matthew Berry/Eagle-Gazette)
Dave Myers, a Rushcreek Township trustee, said the woman who was driving the vehicle was able to get herself and her child out safely, but he said she was lucky.
“A little bit farther into the ditch and she might not have been as lucky,” Myers said as he waited to switch a high water sign to a road closed sign.
Myers said several roads in the township were covered by water, and he expected more to be closed as the day and rain went on.
Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher Kevin Roby said the department had reports of standing water on roads throughout the county.
“It’s really important that people don’t drive around road closed or high water signs,” said Jon Kochis, Fairfield County Emergency Management director.
Just a few inches of water can sweep a car off the road, Kochis said.
He added that ignoring a road closed sign is illegal and could cause the driver to be fined and possibly charged for the rescue.
According to the National Weather Service nearly an inch of rain had fallen at the Fairfield County from about 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. A flood watch is in effect until 7 a.m. Friday.
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