The Pike County Emergency Management Agency has sent out a news release concerning flooding within the county:
With flooding already occurring in Pike County, Ohio causing numerous township, county and state roads to be closed due to impassibility, local authorities are preparing for the additional rainfall that appears to be heading in the direction of the county over the next 24-to-48-hour period.
According to the website of the National Weather Service in Wilmington, all of Pike County is under either a Flood Watch or Flood Warning alert. Multiple rounds of heavy rainfall are anticipated in the area and water will continue to rise. Of specific concern is the Scioto River at Piketon which is expected to rise well above flood level.
A meeting between a hydrologist from Dayton, the Pike County Sheriff Charlie Reader and staff, Piketon Police Chief Mike Blair and staff, and EMA Director Tim Dickerson, was held last night in order to develop strategies for providing services throughout the county.
State authorities have been contacted and the county officials are busy making sure that all potential services have been identified and are being secured.
According to a Facebook posting from the Piketon mayor, officials will be going door-to-door today to alert and inform residents in areas that are prone to flooding.
Advice from the Emergency Management Agency is that people living near bodies of water or in areas prone to flooding should monitor alerts and follow instructions should water rise to the level that life or health are in danger.
Residents and travelers should never drive through water and if a road is discovered as becoming submerged or damaged, making it impassable, it should be reported to the authorities who have jurisdiction over that area, be it township trustees or local law enforcement.
If residents feel it is unsafe to remain in their homes and evacuation becomes impossible, they should shelter in place (stay where they are) until authorities can reach them.
If you are in an area where evacuation becomes necessary for some households, please remember to take medications and vital documents such as I.D. and health care coverage with you. Also, do not forget to make arrangements for your pets and livestock.
Contact EMA Director Tim Dickerson at 740-947-7346 should you have any questions.