MERCER COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – In Mercer County, flooding is closing many roads as some areas saw over four inches of rain in less than 24 hours.
SR-127 north into Celina is completely shut down due to high water.
Houses and trailers in the area of Karafit Road are completely flooded, with levels not seen in over a decade, making many roads impassable.
“We have actually pulled some vehicles out of the water, thank goodness no injuries to report, everyone was able to make it out fine,” says 911 administrator Monte Diegel.
The Montezuma Fire Department will offer sandbags to residents who may need them until the flood waters start to recede:
One resident says they are having issues with sewer lines flooding and water actually coming back up through the toilets.
“It’s an incredible flooding. I mean, everywhere you look is water. Water is everywhere, I mean, it’s just absolutely incredible,” says resident John Lumm.
Diegel says they are fielding numerous calls including one reporting railroad tracks washed out and one more saying a road is completely gone, so he urges residents to use even more caution as it gets dark.
“We ran out of signs really early saying ‘Road Closed’ or ‘High Waters,’ so a lot of the roads actually aren’t marked. So if you come up on the high water we encourage you to turn around and take another route,” Diegel says.
Safety officials are strongly urging you to look before you go and do not travel on roads that have standing water.